Scott Walden – a police captain in the city of Flomaton, Alabama – has been granted administrative leave and is under investigation after he made an inflammatory contribution in the social media.
In this post, Walden said that people who voted for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden “need a bullet in the skull for treason.
Walden commented on a Facebook post where another user wrote: “The idiots who voted for Biden hated Trump enough to throw the country away. Thank the lying news media of Liberals and Democrats”. In response, Walden wrote: “You must set up ev1 of them and put a bullet in their skulls for treason.
About 6,000 voters in Escambia County, the area where Flomaton is located, voted for Biden, according to the New York Times. In total, 834,968 Alabama voters supported Biden and 1,430,540 Trump. Trump won the state and won 62.3 percent of all votes compared to 36.3 percent of Biden’s votes.
After Walden’s commentary was circulated in the social media, he accused users of social media of “jumping on the bandwagon that will fire them” and defended his commentary by saying it referred to literal traitors to the U.S. and not to “liberal Democrats.
“#1 I don’t care who you vote for,” Walden wrote. “”#2 the commentary referred to treason and what should happen to those charged with treason.
It is unclear exactly who Walden believes would be charged with treason in this scenario and who he believes would commit the shooting, a government agent or a vigilante outside the government.
While treason is a federal crime punishable by the death penalty, only three U.S. states actually commit executions by firing squad, according to the Death Penalty Information Center: Mississippi, Oklahoma and Utah. The last execution by firing squad took place in Utah in 2010, according to CNN.
In a November 5 press release, Flomaton’s chief of police, Charles Thompson, said copies of Walden’s comments had been collected and an internal investigation was underway. Thompson said the investigation could lead to Walden’s termination.
In a similar case, a Colorado police officer named Jason Taft was suspended from the Platteville police force after he declared in social media that he wanted to “beat up” Democrats and Black Lives Matter protesters.
“Democrats you were afraid of Trump, now is the real time to be afaird,” Taft wrote in his posts. “I’m willing to quit my job just so I can hurt these people who pretend to know what real life is…. They have no idea of the true wrath that’s coming,” he continued, misspelt the word “wrath.
His Facebook posting will remain active until the evening of November 5.
Washington Newsday contacted the police of Flomaton, Alabama, with a request for comment….