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Iowa police chief suspended for urging drivers to target protesters

Iowa police chief suspended for urging drivers to target protesters

An Iowa police chief was suspended for two weeks without pay on Monday for a Facebook comment he made targeting local Black Lives Matters protesters.

Sioux Rapids City Council delivered the suspension to Sioux Rapids Police Chief Tim Porter in a unanimous vote after the top cop admitted to writing the post, KTIV reported.

Porter commented in all caps “hit the gas and hang on over the road bumps,” in a June 21 video posted to Facebook showing a truck driving through a crowd of protesters in Des Moines.

In a statement to the news station, Porter apologized and said the comments were meant for separate post.

In addition to the two-week suspension, Porter must also take a sensitivity training class, according to the report.

Despite the remarks, some community members at Monday night’s hearing stood by Porter.

“Our chief is a very good man,” said Joel McCoy, according to KTIV. “For the sake of the argument, he made a huge mistake.

“But, I think pencils have erasers, I think we all deserve a second chance. I think that man will do all he can to make sure he’s a better person each day.”

With Post wires

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