By LEO Affairs Staff
Diane Walker, a reporter at NBC 12 in Richmond, Virginia, posted a picture and short summary about a “wonderful police officer” that was caught playing catch with some neighborhood children.
But the creators of the Facebook page calling for Walker’s resignation said: “Leave it to Diane Walker to inject a little bit of her hatred for police officers by bringing up Ferguson. I won’t quote her, I’ll just let you read her own hateful words that in NO WAY can be justified.”
This is the comment they were referring to: “Police officers have it rough and in some cases it’s deserving as we’ve seen in Ferguson, New York, South Carolina.” Pitching her “heartwarming” story which was running on a later newscast, Walker continued: “The kids’ mom feared the worst when that officer first got out of his cruiser and was headed towards them.”
Walker later deleted the post after things got “nasty and hateful” and wrote an apology that isn’t going over very well on social media. She wrote: “My comments got ‘twisted’ into something that I did not intend… for those of you who misunderstood my intentions I sincerely apologize…cops do a great job under extraordinarily difficult circumstances, I salute them!… let’s start a new conversation.”
But in response to what was being called “apology” part 2 on the newly created page, the author wrote “Lookie here. Apparently, us common folks got things “twisted”. Hmmmmmm.” In another quasi-apology, Walker seemingly took another jab at law enforcement, adding that “not all cops should be cops,” further fueling the movement to have her removed.
Facebook user Carolynn Montgomery stated eloquently, in response to Diane’s original post: “No profession deserves to be disrespected as the media is perpetuating towards the Police. Ferguson was not the fault of the police it was the result of a thug who has been turned into some type of “hero.” Baltimore was the fault of an incompetent Mayor. I believe there are a few bad cops….but for the most part they do work not many people would do.”
Today, the station and news management of WWBT/NBC12 addressed the Facebook post Diane Walker made yesterday regarding law enforcement officers:
“We want to make it clear the comment and post are not representative of WWBT and how we feel about any law enforcement officers or agencies. WWBT fully respects the important work law enforcement officers do every day. We admit the post was poorly written and insensitive. We also would like to acknowledge the comment is not reflective of Diane Walker’s work with law enforcement over 30+ years in helping keep the citizens of Central Virginia safe.”
The station’s post ended with this statement: “We strongly apologize for yesterday’s post and sincerely regret that it offended a number of our loyal viewers and constituents.”