Asst. Police Chief Fired For Social Media Post About Nancy Pelosi

Sandy Malone

Former Geraldine Asst. Police Chief Jeff Buckles was fired for a Facebook post he made after the State of the Union.

Geraldine, AL – The Geraldine Town Council voted 5-to-1 on Tuesday night to fire Geraldine Assistant Police Chief Jeff Buckles for an inappropriate Facebook post about Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi after she tore up President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

“Pelosi just ripped up his speech. Road Side bomb on her way home and any other Dumbocrats,” Chief Buckles posted on Feb. 4 after Pelosi ripped the speech to pieces behind a smiling President Trump, according to WHNT.

Although the assistant chief posted the missive to his personal Facebook page, he wasn’t using any privacy settings and the post was visible to the general public.

The post went viral within hours and the police department and the mayor were bombarded with complaints, WHNT reported.

Geraldine Mayor Chuck Ables put Chief Buckles on paid administrative leave while he was investigated for making a “terroristic” threat against Pelosi, WAAY reported.

The mayor said he’d been getting calls from all across the United States.

"I've had calls at least identifying themselves, at least ten states," Ables told WAAY.

A due process hearing was held on Feb. 25 and numerous community members showed up to show their support for Chief Buckles.

Geraldine resident Amanda McCulloch said she was there to support the assistant chief and didn’t think he should lose his job, WAAY reported.

McCulloch said she didn’t believe Chief Buckles’ post was really a threat against Pelosi, but rather was just him blowing off steam online.

"I feel safe here because I know we got the best two cops running this place that we could have," she told WAAY.

McCulloch said she was there in person because "because I care, I really care. It's not about Trump or Pelosi, it's about Jeff himself."

"He's a great person, he has a great family, and this needs to go away,” she told WAAY.

But at the town council meeting on March 3, the elected officials voted to terminate Chief Buckles, according to The Sand Mountain Reporter.

“It was a lot to consider,” the mayor said afterward. “Everybody in there knows that Officer Buckles has done a great job. We just had to make a decision to uphold the policies that we have here. We had some policies that were clearly violated, and he admitted to that.”

The mayor said an independent, third-party adjudicator had been brought in to make a recommendation solely based on the incident involving the Facebook post, without taking Chief Buckles’ professional history into account, The Sand Mountain Reporter reported.

“It’s tough,” Ables said. “I consider him a friend. He’s done a great job. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to, worked with kids… But he made a mistake and violated policy, and we had to deal with it.”

Concerned town resident Gerald Tillman argued with the mayor at Tuesday night’s meeting and asked why the public hadn’t been allowed to share their thoughts with the town council, The Sand Mountain Reporter reported.

But the mayor said the town council had no obligation to allow public comment and warned Tillman to return to his seat or leave the meeting.

“We had to do our job,” Ables said. “When I became mayor, I took an oath to support the constitution of the United States, the constitution of Alabama and the policies of the Town of Geraldine. That’s what I’m going to do, tough as it might be.”

He said the former assistant chief’s comments could have potentially been in violation of federal statutes against threatening a public official, according to The Sand Mountain Reporter.

Buckles said he might appeal the decision after the town council announced his termination.

He said he was caught off guard by the town council’s decision and had only learned about the meeting the night beforehand, The Sand Mountain Reporter reported.

Buckles said his attorney was in Jamaica and unable to attend the meeting with him.

The newly-former assistant police chief was only two-and-a-half years away from retirement, The Sand Mountain Reporter reported.

Comments (44)
flybynight
flybynight

Good thing he didn't say anything negative about the Kenyon indian.

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Ferret guy
Ferret guy

I'm guessing the city counsel is full of democrats

Shepfershort
Shepfershort

Beware Chief. I made a similar statement, I got 4 mos. in the can.

JBoH
JBoH

Note to LEOs: Social media is NOT your friend. Sooner or later, a "You've been bad" message will arrive at your doorstep.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Geraldine, AL is heavily Republican. Like me, they tend to dislike Pelosi. Some do so passionately.

With a quick search, I was only able to confirm the political affiliation of Terry Harris, who ran as a Republican. Mayor Chuck Ables seems to be a Republican to me, based upon his choice of words. Town council looks like a fine group of guys to me...

Personally, I think Chief Buckels' post was quite unprofessional, but I wonder if it was a violation of written policy. If not, the town should write a policy. It could be a learning opportunity for both the Chief and the town.

To let an "independent, third-party adjudicator" investigate, and then decide to fire an officer who "has done a great job," despite the public support for the Chief, does not seem to be in the best interests of the community.

It would have been better to have LE do a quick investigation, determine that the post was simply in jest, and give the Chief a reprimand and show him how to set his privacy settings. :-)

Don't forget LEOs, set your privacy settings if you are on Facebook (if you need help on how to do that, DM me), and don't use your identifying info when posting to sites like this one here.

angelwings
angelwings

What do you think will happen to Chuck Schumer after his veiled threat to Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, on TV, to the world? Certainly way out of line. Where is the shock and outrage? Zip, nada... nothing to see here! A whole different set of rules for 'special people'.

Propolice
Propolice

But Mayors, moron comedians and “special” celebrities of the Leftist liberal Persuasion can tweet and post explicit threats to our President???? WTH??
The Officer was just pissed off as most of us were at the disrespect and disgraceful behavior of this nasty woman representing our Country. Remember Police are Human too!

TONYAPARNELL
TONYAPARNELL

PELOSI’S SON Now INVOLVED In Ukraine Scandal, Democrat Party In Shambles

Backing Blue
Backing Blue

Yet Schumer and Pelosi can issue threats left and right and not a damn thing happens

DR226
DR226

Termination's a bit harsh IMO. Suspension w/o pay maybe. People in public service must refrain from venting on social media. 😣

NFPD103
NFPD103

The department appears to have a policy for social media posts from what the Mayor said, and the Assist Chief agrees he violated that policy. What I don't agree with is the total lack of a progressive and corrective action concerning the punishment applied I can't imagine that the policy states termination is the only step available to them. This action they took is overly agressive for the violation involved, sadly Under Alabama law, an employee can be fired or terminated for any reason, whether it's a good reason, bad reason or for no reason. This is called the employee at-will doctrine. Under this doctrine, an employer can terminate someone for virtually any reason, whether its legitimate or not. at the same time, if your Alabama employer fires you for discriminatory reasons, in violation of an employment contract, or in retaliation for exercising your legal rights, you may have a claim against your employer for wrongful termination. I wish the Assist Chief the best,I'm sure this was blown out of proportion by democrats.

floridacop
floridacop

Different rules for different folks. Example the story directly below this one. The Council woman is under fire for comments about trump rally, not removed from office, but the assistant chief is fired for his. One Republican and one Democrat.

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

We have a Democratic councilwoman threatening to infect Trump supporters with the coronavirus and there was no action taken against her that I know of so far.

Pack
Pack

Interesting how only conservatives get in trouble for posts like that.

ShadowGryphon
ShadowGryphon

Please stop doing this dumb shit and giving the leftist more ammo!
They self-cannibalize just fine without our help!

magnumforc
magnumforc

I think everyone is entitled to their opinion. That said, with the leftists ready to pounce on each and every word to ruin the lives of anyone who disagrees with them and their agenda, this was rather stupid to do.

Sargejh
Sargejh

My brother and sister LEOs, please stay off of social media with work and political stuff. It’s come back to bite us time after time. Save it for the parking lot like we did “back in the day.”

sizzle937
sizzle937

Can’t blame him for being pissed at the loony bitch.
That said he should have not went that far or should have a footnote that he was kidding

Does the punishment fit the crime? Hell no!
30 day suspension at the very most.

Dezertgem
Dezertgem

Only the conservatives get the consequences....not good

MikeP57
MikeP57

Back in my LEO days obviously before social media techniques we were not allowed to talk to the media. It was highly recommended for us not to attend off duty parties or gatherings. Bars & nightclubs not good either.If you did the brass frowned on telling people what you did for work. Our department barely told the media what was going on for criminal activity as well. It was a large size department in Florida. Our city honchos didn't want the public to be afraid to vacation here.
Sorry Asst. Chief was your personal opinion worth your retirement?????

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

Freedom of speech only applies to certain people (DEMO RATS)?
GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ScoutLeduxStarr
ScoutLeduxStarr

He just said what everybody else has been thinking

Marxest
Marxest

Former Assistant Chief Buckles may have been a good cop, but in the end he was a stupid man. What was that fool Buckles thinking? Making a threat (even in jest) is inappropriate and threatening a prominent federal politician on social media, asinine. Making a humorous threat against the Speaker of the House, there was only one way that could end for former the former Assistant Chief Buckles : very badly. If Mr Buckles isn't smart enough to know that his making threats in jest is incompatible with his career as police officer, then he shouldn't be a police officer.

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

Too many Yankee Socialist in Alabama! They can "joke" about cutting off THE President's head and its OK but don't "joke" about a Socialist DEM!

kkat
kkat

Posts to Social Media should ALWAYS be done with tact! Without any privacy settings, it is anyone's info. Professionals must be very discerning in whatever they say or do. Let not our own words condemn us. With that said, we all know the only remedy for this. A complete change of Guard. Trump and Red 2020!

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Roadside bomb"? Doesn't this fall into the same category as the "Infect Trump supporters with corona virus" suggestion from that Leftist councilman, that we're all hating on right now?...

chiefd
chiefd

If I was a mayor in any town or city, in Alabama, Mo., anywhere'; I'd offer Chief Buckles a job as chief of police. Pelosi is a worm, and Schumer is a snake. Neither could make a pimple on Buckles' ass.

cops-kid
cops-kid

And now he’s recanting his statement saying he meant to say “ pay the price politically “, One thing Chuck... federal judges are NOT elected !!! You are a lawyer and should know this !

Oldblue2
Oldblue2

A celebrity can say “We need to blow up the White House”, (free speech) a cop says something and it’s “Hate Speech”...


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