A county commissioner in Bibb County, Georgia, has apologized following widespread backlash over a recent Facebook comment.
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Joe Allen was watching a Milwaukee, Wisconsin news station’s live stream of local protests that turned destructive.
“It’s now time to SHOOT to KILL them if they continue to destroy,” he wrote in a now-deleted post.
Allen attempted to defend his comments in a series of subsequent posts, but ultimately issued a public apology:
“I regret my choice of words in the online comments and what it means to people. It was a poor choice, and I’m sincerely sorry for these hurtful comments. We should be working to help all people and making sure we are together.”