Texas Police Officer Manny Murillo Falsely Accused Of Stolen Valor
Dallas, TX - A Facebook dating profile has resulted in a Dallas Independent School District police officer of being unjustly accused of stolen valor.
According to Popular Military, a Facebook post from a man who identifies himself as "Lloyd Simuchimba" went viral in the social and military community before Dallas Independent School District Police Officer Manny Murillo found out about it.
The post uses Officer Morillo's military photo and says, "I'm Here And looking Forward Meeting Single Ladies For Serious Relationship, only serious matured ladies please No Games . I'm USA Army General lives in Kabul."
Officer Murillo said that the man in the Facebook photo is him. He is a former U.S. Army Military Police Officer who was issued a no-shave exemption after a fight with a Korean national left him with keloid scarring on his face.
Officer Murillo said that he was involved in a fight that broke out in Korea between a friend and a Korean national. He said that the fight was over the Korean man's dislike of American troops hitting on Korean women. Murillo said that when it became apparent that violence was going to break out, that he stepped in. The Korean man then hit him in the face with a beer bottle, which left him with keloid scars.
He has denied any and all involvement with the post, and said that he does not know anyone by the name "Lloyd Simuchimba" or how the other man found his photo to use.
After discovering the profile, Officer Murillo asked Facebook to remove it. They asked him for proof of his identity, which he provided. He said that he was blocked by Facebook for several days before he heard back from them, and then they refused to take the profile down.
Officer Murillo said “I am angry and frustrated that FB refused to delete the profile. He is using my photos to try and pick up woman it’s pathetic."
Military veterans have been critical of his appearance, pointing to reasons they believe show that it's a stolen valor photo. “I don’t really care about the comments on my appearance,” he said. “I had a shaving profile and my [uniform] may have been a bit off on my class A but I was a PFC at the time.”