IMPD officer in viral photo is not Donald Trump's parole officer

A photo of an IMPD officer is making the rounds on various social media platforms after the officer was accused of being former U.S. President Donald Trump's parole officer.

The caption reads: “Meet Rohondra Williams, Trump’s parole officer.”

The photo actually shows Nikole Pilkington, chief of IMPD's Southwest District, who is not Trump's probation officer. On Tuesday afternoon, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police released a statement to clarify this and clear up any confusion.

IMPD is urging social media users to stop sharing the photo and report the posts to the relevant social media platform.

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Pilkington's official portrait photo can be found online in a March 2022 article about “Policing as a Black Person and a Woman.” A Threads user originally shared the image on their account, which was then shared on other Threads accounts before being posted cross-platform.

IMPD Chief Chris Bailey appointed her commander of the Southwest District in March.

A viral post shared by user @7Veritas4 on X (formerly Twitter) currently has more than 8,000 retweets, 600 quote tweets, 52,000 likes and counting. Other videos on Tik Tok have hundreds of comments from users making jokes at Pilkington's expense, and news anchor Joy Reid even shared the viral photo on her Facebook page, receiving comments from users who believed the photo to be real.

On May 30, Trump was found guilty on 34 counts of falsifying business records to conceal $130,000 in hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 presidential election.

Trump's sentencing by Judge Juan Merchan is tentatively scheduled for July 11. At least until then, the likely Republican presidential candidate will be free.

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