MPD Chief Blasts Councilman Over Facebook Post

Mobile’s Police Chief is at odds with a city councilman over posts made on social media.

Chief James Barber called a press conference Monday to discuss his concerns over a Facebook response from Councilman Levon Manzie.

The response was on the page of a man who had previously posted several threatening and incendiary remarks directed toward police, at times, advocating for officers to be shot and praising the shooter who killed five police officers in Dallas last week.

On a separate post Manzie invited the man to speak at a Mobile City Council Meeting in support of a police citizen’s advisory committee.

“In the wake of the events that happened in Dallas last week, councilman Manzie’s association with an extremist demonstrates a deliberate indifference to the lives of law enforcement officers,” said Barber.

Manzie said he was only responding to the man who was issuing a complaint and never checked his past social media history.

“I would never ever encourage or condone in any way in any conversation that discusses putting the lives of these brave men and women in danger the notion that I would is not only outrageous, it’s offensive,” said Manzie.

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