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A protest was held Oct. 13 in front of De Soto City Hall against a De Soto Police officer who has been accused of having an “improper display” in his yard.

The protest was peaceful, De Soto Police Chief Jeff McCreary said.

"No problems," he said. "It was a pretty small group of protesters, about 10. They held signs and yelled. There also was a group of about 20 counter-protesters in support of the policeman."

McCreary said the protest lasted about two hours, from about 5:30-7:30 p.m.

He said Tuesday that the De Soto Police Department was still investigating the allegation against the officer, but the investigation is expected to be finished soon.

McCreary would not comment further about the allegation against the officer of the 'improper display."

According to social media post, it was a Halloween display in the officer’s yard.

“On (Oct. 4), the department’s administration received notification of a social media post with an allegation of an improper display involving one of our officers,” according to an Oct. 5 message on the Police Department’s Facebook page. “We are currently investigating the allegation and will act according to our department policy, city policy and applicable law.

“The department takes all allegations seriously, and administrative staff assigns internal investigations to appropriate person(s) within the department.”

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