Ron Smith, president of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild, is resigning amid heavy criticism over a Facebook post about the death of five police officers in Dallas last week, reports the Seattle Times. The post read, in part, “The hatred of law enforcement by a minority movement is disgusting,” and it drew ire on social media. “I’m at peace,” he said yesterday. “Could I have chosen my words differently?” he added, saying he had made a mistake. This Facebook post was later deleted by the guild.
Smith said he did not want to undermine the federally mandated reform effort under way in the Seattle Police Department. He said he posted “in the heat of the moment,” adding, “What the post was meant to say is that it is disgusting that a small segment of society perpetuates violence toward law enforcement officers across this country. “At no time was there any intent to apply blame to any organized group; only the small segment of society which has the propensity for violence toward law enforcement. I regret that this post offended any one, as that was not the intent in any way.”