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NW Iowa police chief issues apology over comment on Facebook post

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SIOUX RAPIDS, Iowa (KTIV) - A northwest Iowa police chief is facing criticism for a comment he admits making on Facebook on Monday.

The Facebook post in question, which was posted by Des Moines television station KCCI-TV, shows an image of a truck driving through a crowd of protesters in Des Moines. In all capital letters, Sioux Rapids, Iowa Police Chief Tim Porter wrote, quote "…hit the gas and hang on over the road bumps."

Late Monday night, Porter e-mailed a statement to KTIV, apologizing for the comment. Porter said someone called him, on Monday, to ask him about the comment. Porter said he was surprised by it. Porter said, "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. 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."

The Des Moines Register has published a statement, which the newspaper says was sent to them on behalf of the mayor of Sioux Rapids, and the city council. It reads, in part, "…public trust and accountability are the foundations of policing. When an officer violates that trust, it is our responsibility to ensure that it does not occur again. We are committed to running a police department that respects the rights of every officer and every citizen and guest of our community." The statement to the newspaper also acknowledges that an incident, on social media, involving a member of the police department, is being investigated.

Matt Breen

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