A Detroit detective was demoted and now faces an internal investigation after he posted a Facebook rant calling the Black Lives Matter group “terrorists.”
Nathan Weekley, a Michigan detective, wrote the post in response to the Dallas shooting last week, reports The Detroit Free Press. In a screen grab taken by The Detroit Free Press, Weekley rants about Black Lives Matter and accuses them of racism.
“For the first time in my nearly 17 years as a law enforcement officer, I contemplated calling into work in response to the outrageous act perpetrated against my brothers,” Weekley wrote. “It seems like the only response that will demonstrate our importance to society as a whole. The only racists here are the piece of s—Black Lives Matter terrorists and their supporters.”
The police chief announced on Monday that the department had launched an internal investigation into the matter.
“And based on the preliminary discussion assessment of it, Detective Weekley has been de-appointed down from the ranking of detective to police officer and he has been reassigned and we have opened an internal investigation into the matter,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig said.
The police chief stressed that Weekley still deserved his due process rights. Craig said that the officer should have a fair investigation. A Michigan chapter of the National Action Network, a civil rights organization founded by Reverend Al Sharpton, wrote a letter to the Detroit mayor calling for Weekley’s termination, saying that the city “cannot afford to have a policeman on duty so filled with hate.”
The Rev. Charles Williams II, president of the Michigan chapter of NAN, reiterated the chapter’s desire to see Weekly fired in a phone interview with The Washington Post. He praised how Detroit cops had dealt with protesters, saying that it left no room for behavior like Weekley’s.
“We don’t want to see a vacation, we don’t want to see administrative leave … If that means that the city of Detroit has to fight the union, then that just means the city of Detroit should fight the union,” Williams said.
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