Flomaton, AL – A Flomaton police captain resigned on Friday after he was suspended a day earlier for a social media post that advocated shooting people who voted for former Vice President Joe Biden.
Now-former Flomaton Police Captain Scott Walden was reacting a post made by a Facebook friend when the police department said he crossed the line, WPMI reported.
“The idiots that voted for Biden hated Trump enough to throw the country away. Thank the lying liberals and Democrats news media,” Capt. Walden’s friend posted.
“They need to line up ev1 of them and put a bullet in their skull for treason,” the captain commented beneath the post, according to WPMI.
That remark sparked outrage in the community.
In a separate post on his personal page, he said that he wasn’t calling for violence against “liberal democrats” but was advocating punishment for traitors to the country, WHNT reported.
“Well apparently someone, and I know who you are as well as the others jumping on the ‘ gonna get them fired ’ train is circulating a comment I made about TREASON,” Capt. Walden posted to his own Facebook page. “The comment even says TREASON but someone has run rampant saying I was meaning liberal n Democrats.”
“Well #1 I don’t care who you vote for, #2 the comment was about treason and what should happen to the ones who are charged for committing treason,” he continued. “So either you trying to stir the pot or you are ok with someone committing treason but not ok with someone who says they should be shot. This is the world we live in.”
His controversial comments snowballed online and when they were shared with the mayor of Flomaton, he was furious.
Flomaton Mayor Dewey Bondurant said it wasn’t the first time that Capt. Walden crossed a line on social media and that he had been warned before, WPMI reported.
Bondurant said he would have preferred to fire the captain outright but that he couldn’t.
“That’s what I wanted to do to start with, but by law, I can’t,” the mayor explained. “So I handled it by law. We put him on administrative leave, paid leave, but we took his gun and his shield.”
Capt. Walden is entitled to a hearing and would have been granted one had he requested it.
“For a police officer to say he should shoot someone in the head, that is unacceptable. You cannot tolerate that, you just can’t,” Bondurant told WPMI.
Flomaton Police Chief Charles Thompson said the department “holds officers’ conduct to the highest standard and will continue to do so.”
Chief Thompson said that all of Capt. Walden’s recent social media posts had been collected as evidence and that an internal affairs investigation in the matter had been launched, according to WPMI.
“Anything that reflects on the morale of the department or the integrity of our department or our motto, that’s where it becomes an issue with the department,” the police chief said.
The mayor said he wanted the discipline that would be meted out to Capt. Walden to serve as a message to the other nine police officers on the Flomaton force, WPMI reported.
“They cannot do things like this, and they’ve got to be more professional,” Bondurant said.
Early Friday morning, Capt. Walden resigned from the Flomaton Police Department, WPMI reported.
The mayor said that the captain apologized to him.
Bondurant said he planned to meet with the entire police department next week to review the city’s standards and policies regarding social media, WPMI reported.