GRAHAM, N.C. — Graham Police Chief Jeffrey Prichard is issuing an apology after he says he accidentally shared a post to the department’s Facebook page.
The post was critical of the Black Lives Matter movement with an added comment for GPD that said only, “Nailed it.”
Prichard said in a statement that the post has been removed from the Facebook page, but not before multiple commenters called the post “inappropriate.”
“I realize the content of the post may be received by many as an attempt to diminish the ongoing efforts to combat social and racial injustices in the United States and for that I hope you will accept my sincerest apology,” he said. “The GPD is committed to assisting our community in the efforts to achieve equality and justice.”
Prichard added that he is available to gather input from the community about the police department and how he, as chief, can let concerned voices be heard.
Earlier on Friday, the police department shared the post from another page to their Facebook page.
The follow is the full statement released by Chief Prichard:
A Facebook post has been removed from the Graham Police Department’s Facebook page. The content of the post is not representative of our agency. I, as Chief of Police received the content and inadvertently shared it to the Graham Police Department’s page. I realize the content of the post may be received by many as an attempt to diminish the ongoing efforts to combat social and racial injustices in the United States and for that I hope you will accept my sincerest apology. The GPD is committed to assisting our community in the efforts to achieve equality and justice. I believe in addressing issues head on, in the past and as it stands today, I am available to gather input from citizens about our operations and how I as Chief can let concerned voices be heard
The following is the full content of the post that was shared and later deleted by the Graham Police Department:
I’m so confused right now. I see signs all over saying black lives matter. I’m just trying to figure out which black lives matter. It can’t be the unborn black babies. It’s not black cops. They don’t seem to matter. It’s not my black conservative friends. They are told to shut up if they know what’s best for them by their black counterparts. It’s not black business owners. Their property does not mean anything. It’s not blacks who fought in the military. Their statues are destroyed by the black lives matter protesters with disdain. So which black lives matter again?
Black Lives Matter. Of course they do! Then when multiple black police officers and individuals were killed during the “peaceful protests”. I don’t see any outrage? Black individually owned businesses burned to the ground. Silence. Deadliest weekend in Chicago. NOTHING!!
I can’t keep up. I just can’t. I’m exhausted trying to figure out what we’re all supposed to do, believe, and be offended and outraged by next.
Two months ago, First Responders were all the rage. In fact, they were heroes. We gave them free coffee, meals, and cheers as they drove by. Today, we hate them and want them defunded because they can’t be trusted.
Two months ago, truck drivers were the heroes, as well, for keeping America moving and the grocery stores stocked. Today we block the roads with protesters, drag them out of the cabs and beat them half to death.
Nurses and Doctors are still cool, for now. But they may be unemployed. They too are heroes, unless of course they truly believe all lives matter. Then they’re filled with hate and are part of problem like so many others.
Just 45 days ago protests weren’t “essential” and were considered criminal, selfish and a murderous activity. Today they are gloriously critical and celebrated. All of the obvious criminal and murderous activities are simply ignored. If you protest about lock downs for freedom, you are selfish and you will spread a virus. If you protest, loot, and riot for social justice, you are a warrior and the virus fades to the background.
Trust the experts. No, not those experts. Don’t wear masks … wear masks, but only good ones. Wait, don’t wear masks, wear anything as a mask. Never mind on the masks. Not sure, but if you don’t, you hate people because you could be an asymptomatic spreader. Wait. That’s not a thing anymore?
For 3 months, NOTHING was more important than social distance. In fact, we gave up all of our liberties for it. We canceled schools, medical and dental procedures, canceled activities, closed businesses, eliminated every spring rite of passage from prom to graduation, denied people funerals, even at Arlington, and we wrecked the economy for it. Then came social justice, and social distance was no more. Now things are more cut and dried though. A thousand people at three memorials for someone they never even met. It’s a matter of “respect”. But you can only assemble 100 or less people.
I’m really confused now. Look at the data, NO, not that data. Do the math. No, you can’t do the math like that. Only the experts can understand the data and math. What do you mean other cities/states/governors are interpreting the data differently? Pools are safe in Indiana, but not Michigan? Playgrounds are safe in your town but not mine? Amusement parks are safe in Florida but not Ohio, nor Michigan.
If you are silent you are part of the problem. If you speak, you are part of the problem. If you have to ask, you don’t understand. If you don’t ask, you don’t care.
It’s all so predictable, tedious, and exhausting. Nothing adds up. It’s one gigantic Math life problem, with ever changing denominators that I’m sure the media and politicians are eagerly ready to solve for us…until the next “crisis”.
So, for now I pray. I pray God will heal our land and bless the United States of America! Bless us with Wisdom, Kindness, Gentleness, Mercy, Love, Peace, Healing. Things that Really Matter! We all Matter in God’s Eyes!
You can Copy and Paste. I did.