Assistant police chief in Alabama town fired after post recommending a ‘roadside bomb’ for Speaker Pelosi and other Democrats
When President Donald Trump gave his 2020 State of the Union speech on February 4, the tension between him and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was impossible to miss: Trump refused to shake her hand, and Pelosi tore up a printed copy of the speech after he finished. Jeff Buckles, then-assistant police chief in the small town of Geraldine, Alabama, angrily wrote that Pelosi and other Democrats deserved a “roadside bomb” for insulting the president — and he has since been fired for it.
That night on Facebook, Buckles posted, “Pelosi just ripped up his speach (sic). Road Side bomb on her way home and any other Dumbocrats.”
Ashley Remkus, on Alabama’s AL.com website, reports that since that Facebook post, Buckles has been on leave — and on Tuesday night, February 3, the Geraldine Town Council voted 5-1 to fire him.
While the matter was being investigated, Buckles apologized for his “roadside bomb” post and deleted it. On Facebook, Buckles wrote, “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 do divided.”
Geraldine Mayor Chuck Ables was among the people who voted to fire Buckles. In a statement, Ables said of the town’s former assistant police chief, “He made a mistake that he regrets, but mistakes have consequences. I intend to remain friends with Officer Buckles, and I am willing to help him any way I can. This is an unfortunate situation with an unpleasant result, and now, it is time to move on.”
In a statement to AL.com, Ables asserted that although Buckles was out of line, he doesn’t consider him a terrorist.
“It is important to me that people understand that Jeff Buckles is not a terrorist,” Ables told AL.com. “He made a statement that can easily be considered a threat, and that statement violated the policies we have in place for police officers.”
Ables added, “I believe police officers and elected officials should be held to a higher standard, and we do that and will continue to do that. We have good officers and will continue to enforce the law unbiased and fairly.”