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Iowa Police Chief Under Investigation Over Facebook Comment Encouraging Violence Against Protestors

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The police chief for the Sioux Rapids Police Department is now under investigation after he left a Facebook comment on Monday that appeared to encourage violence against Black Lives Matter protestors.

According to KCCI, Chief Tim Porter left a comment in a Facebook post of an image of a truck driving through protesters in Des Moines. His comment read: “hit the gas and hang on over the road bumps.”

Porter, who is an apparent Trump supporter, later deleted his comment and released an apology after receiving backlash.

“I have a huge apology to all that saw my Facebook page yesterday of myself making a comment about running over a person in the street holding a USA sign,” Porter said. “Someone called me last night and asked me about it, I was just surprised myself. I was on another post working and somehow it accidentally was posted on the wrong post. I just want to publicly apologize for my horrible mistake, my posting was a total accident. I don’t want to offend anyone. I’m all for peaceful protest, bad cops getting removed. People that know me, know I would never encourage anyone to run over any protester or anyone. I’m for change like everyone. I feel horrible for my mistake. I’m sorry for all the confusion.”

According to the report, Porter deleted his Facebook account altogether.

According to the Des Moines Register, the Sioux Rapids mayor and City Council issued a statement Tuesday afternoon, saying the comment was being investigated, and “any and all disciplinary action deemed necessary” would be taken.

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