Suspended corrections officer apologizes for social media post

Suspended corrections officer apologizes for social media post

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Louisville Metro Corrections officer who was suspended earlier this week after one of his social media posts, says he is "truly sorry."

Corrections officer Derek Hale was suspended after sharing a meme on his personal Facebook page that had a generic police officer and said, "If we really wanted you all dead, all we have to do is stop patrolling your neighborhoods - and wait." He commented below and photo say, "Ha ... truth."

On Friday, Hale released a 151-word statement apologizing for the post.

"Words alone cannot express how truly sorry I am for the impact my post has had on the community in Louisville, the staff at Louisville Metro Department of Corrections, and on my family," Hale said at the beginning of the statement. "I accept full responsibility for the tensions it created and will strive tirelessly to bridge the divide between our community members and the law enforcement community."

The rest of the statement is below:

"I will continue to fully cooperate with the Internal Affairs Department of Louisville Metro Corrections as they investigate this matter and hope the community and law enforcement personnel can forgive me as the post was not reflective of my sincere compassion for all members of our community. I am also taking immediate steps independent of what is happening at the Department of Corrections to better understand the diversity of our community and to promote unity rather than divisiveness. I want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem."

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