Investigation into Ala. cop begins after Facebook post about roadside bomb

Assistant Chief Jeff Buckles vented his frustration during President Trump's Tuesday night State of the Union speech


Ashley Remkus
Alabama Media Group

GERALDINE, Ala. — Officials in the tiny Alabama town of Geraldine say they are investigating a policeman who suggested U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other “dumbocrats” could be targeted with a roadside bomb.

“Due to the current investigation, no further comment can be made,” said Geraldine police Chief Heath Albright in a statement Friday morning. “We will make further statement at the conclusion of the investigation.”

The investigation stems from a post by Assistant Chief Jeff Buckles, who took to Facebook to vent his frustration with Democrats during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Speech on Tuesday night.

“Pelosi just ripped up his speach (sic),” Buckles wrote in the public post, which has since been deleted. “Road Side bomb on her way home and any other Dumbocrats.”

Source/Alabama Media Group
Source/Alabama Media Group

AL.com’s efforts to reach Buckles for comment have been unsuccessful. He apologized in a follow-up post.

“I want to apologize for venting on FB (Facebook),” he wrote. “I have definitely offended some people with my remarks. It just rips my heart out that our great country is so divided.”

 

I want to apologize for venting on FB. I have definitely offended some people with my remarks. It just rips my heart out that our great country is so divided.

Posted by Jeff Buckles on Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Buckles wasn’t at work on Thursday and is also off today, according to Chuck Ables, the mayor of Geraldine, a tiny town about 50 miles southeast of Huntsville in southern DeKalb County.

Buckles has not been suspended, the mayor told AL.com on Thursday, rather both off days were already scheduled before the controversy surrounding the Facebook post.

Screenshots of the post were shared on social media, with some people leaving negative reviews on the police department’s Facebook page. Others on social media shared the phone number to Geraldine town hall and encouraged people to call the mayor to demand action against Buckles.

Ables has said he’s working with the police chief and the town’s attorney to investigate the situation.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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