Police Chief Forced To Resign After Supporting Citizens Who Armed Up Amid Riots

Lowell, Michigan Police Chief Steven Bukala was forced to resign on Thursday after 25 years with the force, after writing on Facebook in support of four young men who armed themselves against potential violent protesters.

Responding to phone calls that 2nd Amendment demonstrators were open carrying down Main Street, Bukala wrote on the Lowell Police Deparment’s Facebook page on Tuesday: “We are aware and no need to call us,” adding “We at the Lowell Police Department support the legally armed citizen and the Second Amendment,” according to WZZM13.

After a flood of complaints as part of what WZZM says was a “pattern of inappropriate behavior,” the city manager told Bukala to resign by 5 p.m. on Friday or be fired at 5:01 p.m.

A disciplinary action report from city manager Michael Burns said Bukala was directed to make the post so residents were aware of the demonstrators. But when Burns read the last line, it appeared to be a political position, “possibly escalating rhetoric.” 

Burns asked him to remove that line, and Bukala responded with “This is a true statement.”

The post gained some traction within the community, and Burns described the social media activity around it as “hostile.” The official Lowell Police Department Facebook page also added to the statement and defended it in the comments. 

“People!” started one comment, which said Lowell has had open carry demonstrators in town before. “Yes people are hypersensitive due to the riots and anarchists that have come to Michigan. They are exercising their right to open carry. No one has to agree or disagree.” The comment was signed “Chief.”WZZM

Three days after a riot in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bukala wrote on his personal Facebook page: “So these fine young men called me today. They wanted to exercise their Second Amendment rights and walk down Main Street. They saw what happened in Grand Rapids. They said it’s not going to happen here. We have your backs. I thanked them for letting me know they were in town and to call if they see something.”

A photo of four armed men, defended by Lowell Police Chief Steve Bukala, who said they wanted to defend their second amendment right and protect against protesters. (Photo posted on Facebook on June 2, 2020) via WOODTV

On Thursday, the Lowell PD apologized on its Facebook page, writing “We have made mistakes on social media this week, starting with an ill-considered message posted on the Lowell Police Department Facebook page. We then defended this message, arguing with residents or dismissing their concerns.”

The PD apologized, adding “we must take this opportunity to listen and learn so we can work together to defeat racism and build a more just and equitable society. We can and must do better.”

According to the city manager, Bukala was cited for violating city policy, including “conduct unbecoming of a police officer,” adding “Personnel shall not allow personal feelings to influence their professional conduct.”

via zerohedge


    1. WE agree withn the chief…I take it is okay to do harm to others if you are a black person or a rioter weilding a gun, but honest law abiding citizens protecting their property and towns and cities are considerd the terrorists. The city management and mayor need to go and the police chief reinstated.

    1. Well we all have to bow down to the left, what ever they say or do is now gospel, as real Americans we don’t count, only blacks, gays, muslin, antifa punks do, whatever they say is now truth, and whatever they do is somehow justified. The same old double standard.

  1. These radical terrorist groups are all part of coordinated intelligence operations. ANTIFA and Keith Ellison and Eric Holder and Obama and the people behind the Clinton Foundation and PakISI and Imran Awan and the Muslim brotherhood and Hezbollah and CAIR and ISNA and Fetalah Gulen and BLM and the Muslim brotherhood and LaRaza are all involved in the staging of these attacks on American cities and citizens. You can bet that Hillary and Soros and Obama and Eric Holder and John Brennan and John Kerry and Peter Stryzok and Imran Awan and Gulen followers are all involved along with the CIA and FBI and so called NATO allies.

  2. God foresaw what will happen as He said “They will call what is bad, good and what is good, bad and they will encourage all those who do the same.”

  3. To the Michigan Residents, WZZM, and citizens of Lowell , MI. What will you do when the rioters come to your door, pull your father / mother out of the wheelchair and beat them, or your son in front of your your protecting your property from the SS Hitler gang called Antifa? Call the police? I just hope the officers are on the other side of county and far way so they take their time obeying the speed laws, lights, and animals potentially crossing the road. As for WZZM, your an unneeded station in GR for upholding rioting, defacing public property, and injury to a citizen that chooses to protect his property. I hope all the insurance claims and court papers go to you for payment as you have voluntarily abated your duty to the citizens, Constitution, Bill of Right, and Amendments.

  4. It is the wet dream of the communist inspired radicals to destroy the second amendment using state and local laws and then confiscate as many weapon types as they can. We will then be enslaved by government bureaucrats and be victims of the criminal element at their whim.

  5. great Chief, sue the city who fired him, go to the federal court and set this straight. this is American, not China or Russia. we against all discrimination, all racism even if they come from blacks. no body should bully anybody in this country, no matter who you are, what colors you have.

  6. You have painted a convincing possibility of a future USA, that is unless Americans themselves take matters in their own hands and strongly counter with actions solely as honest, rational human beings. Unfortunately, trying to be reasonable with a gaggle of whackos is not an easy possibility, yet there exists an example of how rational antics may help curb the tide of recent destructive, lunatic activities: an overwhelming number of truckers are making clear their intentions to stop delivering goods by truck to areas lacking police protection, the absent element, they fear, to their very lives. Being creative proves that necessity is indeed the mother of invention. .

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