A Colorado police officer was sent on administrative leave on Wednesday after suggesting he was willing to quit his job in order to “hurt” Democrats and Black Lives Matter protesters amidst the ongoing results of the 2020 presidential election.
Platteville Police Chief Carl Dwyer told The Denver Post in an e-mail that he learned of Officer Jason Taft’s comments in a Facebook post on Wednesday afternoon. Dwyer told The Post that Taft was placed on administrative leave immediately thereafter and that an investigation of the incident was underway.
In an email sent to KUSA News in Denver, Dwyer wrote, “I am working with the city government this morning to discuss things in more detail,” adding that a further update on the situation would be made “if possible.
On Wednesday, Taft posted a post on his Facebook account saying, “If we lose for any reason, we get to be small b****** and beat up the other party like them. Because they don’t believe in what we do. And that’s in case we actually let Biden win. There will be much less results than this year because we will help them find God”.
His office, which was still publicly visible on Thursday night, continued: “Democrats you were afraid of, Trump, now is the real time to be afaird [sic]. We will do what you have done to the citizens of our city and win, p.s. Please meet me on the battlefield.
According to the Post, Taft added a comment to his own post, which was later deleted. He wrote, “I’m willing to quit my job just so I can hurt these people who pretend to know what real life is all about. They are a bunch of time-out in the corner of Billy People. They have no idea what’s coming. If you thought you made a scene or statement with BLM, just wait and see, it’s going to be fun!
The Post also reported that Taft posted several other postings on Facebook on Wednesday afternoon, suggesting that those who voted for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden should unfriend him, and criticizing the former vice president’s supporters.
Washington Newsday turned to Platteville police, Chief Dwyer and Taft for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.
Taft’s comments on Facebook come amid protests in Colorado and several other states against the current results of the 2020 presidential election.
According to the Denverite, Black Lives Matter and anti-police protesters marched to the Colorado State Capitol Building.
The Post reported that Denver police arrested eight people during Wednesday night’s protests.