An Alabama police officer has been placed on administrative duty after posting online that President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party are "enemies of the United States" and might have to be removed from power by force. Why would a Birmingham cop think the public cares about his opinions on such issues -- and why would he think his comments were appropriate in a majority black city with a lot of Democratic voters? We don't have answers to those questions, but we will let al.com explain how they arose:
A Birmingham police officer has been reassigned following a social media post in which he called President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party the “enemy of the United States of America.”
The officer has not been publicly identified, and department spokesman Sgt. Rod Mauldin said he is on administrative duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
According to CBS 42, the officer wrote: “Our nation is under siege by these socialist enemies and if we cannot soon vote them out, it will be time to fight. If we are forced to fight, much blood will be spilled on both sides. I pray we can remove them peacefully before it is too late.”
This guy's prayers involve removing Democrats from office? In a city plagued by gun violence, in a state plagued by political corruption, he can't think of anything else to pray about?
The Birmingham Police Department released the following statement:
“The Birmingham police department was recently made aware of an inflammatory social media post made by an officer on his personal Facebook page. The Birmingham Police Department’s command staff took immediate action according to BPD protocol to initiate an internal investigation. The officer has been assigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of an internal investigation. This opinionated post made by this officer is not reflective of the views of the Birmingham Police Department. BPD takes these instances seriously and our goal is to assure open accountability of each officer that serves the City of Birmingham.”