Alabama Cop Who Posted On Social Media About Bombing ‘Dumbocrats’ Gets Fired
Geraldine, Alabama, is by all accounts a quiet town in the northeastern corner of the state, with a population of less than 1,000 individuals.
But last month, controversy struck the town that made national headlines, after one of Geraldine’s top police officers made a Facebook post that the mayor himself called “terroristic.”
Assistant police chief Jeff Buckles was offended by actions taken by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi after President Donald Trump had finished his State of the Union address in early February.
“Pelosi just ripped up his speach [sic]. Road Side bomb on her way home and any other Dumbocrats,” Buckles wrote on his profile, according to Huntsville ABC affiliate WAAY 31.
Calls for the officer’s firing came from within the state, and beyond, Mayor Chuck Ables said.
.@SecretService @FBI @CapitolPolice Please look into the Geraldine (Alabama) Police Officer Jeff Buckles’ terrorist threats to a member of the US House of Representatives.@HouseFloor @SpeakerPelosi @HouseDemocrats @alabamasp pic.twitter.com/NoTlvFLSjF
— Seldom Seen Smith (@SeldomSSmith) February 7, 2020
Buckles later attempted to apologize for his remarks. “I want to apologize for venting on [Facebook],” he said. “I have definitely offended some people with my remarks. It just rips my heart out that our great country is so divided.”
The Town Council this week, which includes Ables, voted 5-1 to fire Buckles from his post. The decision came about after a recommendation was made by an impartial lawyer picked by the council to give advice to them about the matter, AL.com reported.
Though he voted for his removal, Ables, who recognized public officials had to be held to a higher standard, was still sympathetic to Buckles’s firing.
“He made a mistake that he regrets, but mistakes have consequences. I intend to remain friends with officer Buckles and I am willing to help him any way I can,” Ables said. “This is an unfortunate situation with an unpleasant result and now it is time to move on.”
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