The Fall River Police Department in Massachusetts is facing backlash after posting and deleting a Facebook post criticizing George Floyd.
The post, which came after former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder for Floyd’s death, read, “Chauvin immediately stood and calmly placed his hands behind his back. Imagine where we’d be had George done the same.” The meme was quickly deleted and the police department issued an apology, saying it was a mistake by an employee who meant to share the post on his own page.
“It is with regret that the Fall River Police Department’s Facebook page was accessed by personnel who inadvertently re-posted an opinion that was meant for their own personal account,” the Fall River Police Department said in a statement.
“The posting in no way represents the opinion of the Chief of Police of the Fall River Police Department,” the statement continued. “We will continue our commitment toward transparency and building relationships with our community.”
The apology post received over 1,000 comments from community members who criticized the original post about Chauvin and Floyd. “For every step forward it felt like that verdict had kind of brought us, seeing that posted on the City of Fall River Police Department’s page just made me feel like I was being dragged right back, our community and society just being dragged back,” Kate Levin said.
Levin said she is frustrated with the department’s response to the post. “The Fall River Police Department’s response fell far short,” she added. “There are things they could have done to be more articulate. They could’ve started with an apology, not a regret. I don’t see those as equal. And they could have been much more clear about what they saw as inappropriate, why it was inappropriate, and what they want to do to be better.”
Check out a screenshot of the Facebook post below.