DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Durham County’s Fraternal Order of Police is demanding an apology from a councilwoman after she posted to Facebook saying “the most dangerous people with guns are cops and soldiers.”
Jillian Johnson made the post, which has since been deleted, to her personal Facebook page Monday.
“I am all about keeping guns away from dangerous people, but I feel like more of us should be pointing out that the most dangerous people with guns are cops and soldiers, and that the no-fly list and FBI anti-terror efforts are seriously corrupted by entrapment, racial profiling and Islamophobia.”
Johnson posted a clarification Wednesday morning to her professional Facebook page.
William “Mike” Evans, president of the Durham County Fraternal Order of Police, demanded Johnson issue a public apology for her “such hateful and derogatory comments.”
“The comments made by Jillian Johnson yesterday on her Facebook account were extremely disrespectful and insulting to the men and women of this city and country,” Evans said in a release. “It is a slap in the face to everyone that protects our city and our country.”
Evans said Johnson is entitled to her opinion but a public official should be held to a higher standard, just like law enforcement.
“We would like to continue building a positive relationship with the City Council and we look forward to moving the city in a positive direction,” Evans said.
Evans thanked the City Council for funding of a new headquarters and extra staffing. The Police Department’s relationship has moved in a positive direction with the addition of Police Chief C.J. Davis, Evans said.
“However, there is still one City Council member (Johnson) that is a huge hindrance to the progression of a good relationship between the Police Department and City Council,” Evans wrote.
Davis issued an official statement in response to Johnson’s comments.
The City of Durham is fortunate to have faithful, dedicated police officers who are committed to serving residents. Our organization remains focused on addressing crime concerns and quality of life issues, including fostering a positive working relationship with the community, while continually enhancing the department.
The Durham Police Department, in conjunction with city leadership, recognizes the sacrifices our officers make daily and thank them for their service.
Durham Mayor Bill Bell told CBS North Carolina Johnson’s comments are her own and do not reflect his own views.