A Georgia police chief resigned Tuesday after being investigated for saying he didn’t support Black Lives Matter in a June Facebook post.
Former Johns Creek Police Chief Chris Byers agreed to a confidential settlement, according to a Monday statement.
Local officials placed Byers on leave and investigated his conduct after he wrote a Facebook post criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Based on extensive and careful consideration of everything that has occurred within our city over the past few months, we have come to the conclusion that it is in the city’s best interests to part ways with our Police Chief,” Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker said in the statement.
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The investigation into the officer reportedly also focused on issues “unrelated” to his post, according to statements from the city manager given to the Associated Press.
“I do not support the Black Lives Matter as a movement as it seems to glorify the killing of my brothers and sisters,” Byers wrote.
“I have also been asked if I will take a knee at these protests,” he continued.
“I take a knee of surrender to my Lord and Savior alone. I will however stand with you and protect your rights to protest and have your voices heard. And I will bow down to pray with you.”
An interim police chief will occupy Byers’ role until a replacement is found.
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