The Assistant Chief of Police in Geraldine stirred up controversy online after making comments on Facebook about this year’s State of the Union address that many people considered offensive and even violent.
Jeff Buckles, who has served on the Geraldine police force for the past two years according to Mayor Chuck Ables, took to social media Tuesday night after seeing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rip up the State of the Union speech on TV.
“Pelosi just ripped up his speach,” Buckles wrote on his Facebook page. “Road Side bomb on her way home and any other Dumbocrats.”
Buckles has since deleted the post and issued an apology on his page after receiving a flurry of negative feedback.
“I want to apologize for venting on FB,” he wrote. “I have definitely offended some people with my remarks. It just rips my heart out that our great country is so divided.”
Hundreds of people commented on and shared both the original and apology post, with many taking his words as offensive and even “terroristic”. Others supported Buckles for expressing his opinion.
Ables said he and Geraldine Police Chief Heath Albright are still gathering information and would be meeting with a lawyer Thursday and Friday to determine what action, if any, would be appropriate to take in this situation.
"The Geraldine Police Department has been made aware of a Facebook post made by one of our officers," Albright stated Friday. "The post has since been deleted. The incident is being investigated. Due to the current investigation, no further comment can be made. We will make further statement at the conclusion of the investigation."
According to his Facebook profile, Buckles is a Republican who has served in the U.S. Navy.