A Bibb County commissioner apologized for writing that law enforcement should “shoot to kill” George Floyd protesters in Milwaukee if “they continue to destroy.”
Joe Allen, who represents District 6 in Bibb County, Georgia, wrote the comment on a Facebook live stream from a television outlet reporting on damage near the intersection Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and Center Street in Milwaukee.
“It’s now time to SHOOT to KILL them if they continue to destroy,” Allen posted about three minutes into Fox 6 Milwaukee’s live stream. The comment has since been deleted.
Several individuals on Twitter posted a screenshot of Allen’s comments and called on him to apologize or resign. In response, Allen tweeted “Not me!” and then later responded to another tweet asking him to “not be a coward” by writing “I’m not that. I said it. And I replied to you why . And I stand by that. If my family or myself were confronted . And if it’s my family or myself or even you. Saving lives are my business.”
In a statement to the media, Allen apologized for his comment.
“I regret my choice of words in the online comments and what it means to people,” he said. “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.”
Protests and rallies are still happening across the nation more than a week after Floyd died while in the custody of a Minneapolis police officer.
Bibb County sheriff’s deputies walked alongside Macon residents in a march through downtown Tuesday that was supported by the sheriff.
Allen, a former firefighter, was first elected as a county commissioner in 1998. He announced last year he wasn’t running for reelection.