The police chief of Abingdon instantly retired Friday after a social media submit, which he described as “satirical,” surfaced Friday relating to a 2nd Modification rally.
Tony Sullivan, who was named the city’s police chief in 2002, submitted a letter to City Supervisor James Morani on Friday. Within the letter, which Sullivan offered to the Bristol Herald Courier, he mentioned a resident had contacted him relating to a social media submit he made on Jan. 20, 2020, the date of the 2nd Modification protest in Richmond.
The resident informed Sullivan that he was displeased with the submit and shared it to a number of different social media accounts.
Sullivan mentioned that the weeks main as much as the protest have been full of rhetoric from all sides. The protest was thought-about by some as a 2nd Modification rally and by others as a white supremacist rally.
“I imagine that God created every of us, and we’re all equal,” mentioned Sullivan, who additionally quoted a passage from Galatians within the Bible.
Sullivan mentioned he believes that injustice is injustice irrespective of who commits it and lawlessness is all the time lawlessness.
“It is aware of no gender, race, faith or creed,” Sullivan mentioned. “I’ve spent the previous 32 years in regulation enforcement training this.”
Sullivan mentioned the Richmond occasion was not a white supremacy occasion.
“It was a rally to defend the perceived abuses of the federal government as associated to the 2nd Modification,” Sullivan wrote. “It was attended by folks from all around the nation.”
He mentioned the pre-labeling of attendees as white supremacists led the satirical nature of the submit.
“If this submit is offensive, I sincerely apologize,” Sullivan mentioned. “The intention was that every little thing will not be as labeled. We’re all folks and all of us have the identical rights beneath God and the Structure; irrespective of the label that others affix to us. As for standing in the neighborhood, some will settle for this clarification, and others is not going to.”
Sullivan mentioned there have been “good issues” which were achieved in Abingdon and that the portrait that “some individuals are trying to color is unfaithful.”
He added that he apologizes if he has broken the credibility of the company and fame of the neighborhood.
“White supremacists from throughout the nation descended upon Richmond at the moment, lots of them armed,” Sullivan wrote within the Jan. 20 submit.
He proceeded the submit by itemizing six issues that the nation “realized” about white supremacy.
“White supremacists can assemble peacefully,” he wrote within the submit.
Morani declined to touch upon the matter besides to substantiate that Sullivan had retired.
Lt. Jon Holbrook has been appointed Abingdon’s performing chief of police, Morani mentioned. Holbrook has over 16 years of service with the city.
Holbrook has served the division as a patrol officer, accreditation supervisor, police academy teacher and a member of the Highlands Regional Crash Crew, which investigates severe crashes throughout the area.
Holbrook was promoted to lieutenant in 2016. When Sullivan served as interim city supervisor in 2018, Holbrook served as interim chief of police.