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NW Iowa police chief suspended for 2 weeks following controversial Facebook comment

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Facebook comment made by Sioux Rapids Police Chief Tim Porter

SIOUX RAPIDS, Iowa (KTIV) -- The police chief for Sioux Rapids, Iowa, has been suspended for two weeks without pay after making a controversial comment on social media. City leaders, in Sioux Rapids met Monday night to talk about that city's police chief in the wake of a comment he has admitted to making on Facebook.

In the Facebook post in question, Police Chief Tim Porter posted a comment to a story with video showing a truck driving through a crowd of protesters in Des Moines. In all capital letters, Porter wrote, "hit the gas and hang on over the road bumps."

In a statement, issued to KTIV that same day, Porter admitted he made the comment, and then apologized for it. Porter said he was on another post and "somehow it accidentally was posted on the wrong post." Porter was criticized for the comment on social media.

Monday night, the Sioux Rapids City Council held a special meeting to evaluate Porter's action. The council voted, unanimously, to suspend Porter for two weeks-- without pay-- and have him take a sensitivity training class.

One council member says Porter won't be the only one learning from this situation.

"He will be disciplined," said City Council Member Lynda Swanson. "Not only will Chief Porter take this class, but the city council will take the class also. Because none of us are perfect. And we can learn from the class. Just like he will."

Many Sioux Rapids community members were at the meeting in support of Porter. They were given the chance to speak their minds, and tell the council on what they thought about the situation. "Our chief is a very good man," said Joel McCoy. "For the sake of the argument, he made a huge mistake. But, I think pencils have erasers, I think we all deserve a second chance. I think that man will do all he can to make sure he's a better person each day."

Porter addressed the crowd, and thanked them for their support.

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