WARWICK, R.I. - The firestorm began when a picture of 18-year-old Shawn Bartis captioned by the quote, “stupid is as stupid does,” appeared on the department’s Facebook page.
Bartis and a 17-year-old friend were arrested when officers found them stealing hubcaps from marked police cruisers in the department’s parking lot.
While that isn’t the brightest idea, the Bartis family took offense. "Shawn is a good kid," older brother, Joe told WJAR. “You don't say things like that,” Joe continued. “It's totally wrong what they did.”
The quote came down, replaced with the comment, “you can't make this stuff up."
Col. Stephen McCartney told NBC10, “in the interest of not besmirching a young man for his mistake, the picture and jocularity has been removed."