A New Jersey law enforcement officer is facing a major backlash for going on a profanity laced rant against Muslims.
Hudson County Sheriff’s Officer Alex Pino is now the subject of an internal investigation after posting the diatribe that called for all mosques to be “torn down.”
“I’m sure one cop out there ruins it for all. But I don’t hear anyone stating that I’m a good one. All I hear is that I’m with them too. A cop is a cop is a cop. Then a Muslim is a Muslim is a Muslim,” Pino wrote according to NJ.com.
“(EXPLETIVE) THE KORAN (EXPLETIVE) THE MUSLIMS (EXPLETIVE) THE TERRORIST. TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT. (EXPLETIVE) ON THE MOSQUES. TEAR THEM ALL DOWN. WE SCCOMMODATE (sic) TOO MANY OF THOSE PEOPLE HERE. FOLLOW OUR KAWS (sic) IN PLACE,” he added.
Pino later deleted the post but not before it had been shared and went viral.
He told NJ.com he made the comments in the “heat of the moment” responding to one of his friend’s comments.
“We’re entitled to our opinions, and I had mine. I’m tired of being bashed all the time,” Pino said. “I’m in fear for my life… I have to protect my family, my children. I can’t take them to a movie theater because I’m afraid about what’s going to happen.”
The officer said he would protect Muslims “the good ones, not the extremists.”
“I was not directing that toward the good Muslims, I was directing that toward the terrorists… I’m completely against hurting people,” Pino told NJ.com. “It was taken the wrong way. I should have (explained myself) more in detail. All ‘Muslims’ is wrong. Now the good Muslims are taking severe offense to that. That was not my intention.”
A Muslim-American acquaintance of Pino, West New York Zoning Board member Moe Elmaksoud, shared the screenshot of the post but said he doesn’t want to see the officer punished.
“I don’t want anything to happen to him. I forgive him,” Elmaksoud told NJ.com. “It’s a very, very tough situation.”
The Muslim-American owner of a West New York, N.J. pharmacy owner, Omar Miqbel, agreed but said the officer ought to be more careful.
“He should keep (his views) behind closed doors. If you work for the government or if you’re a public official or a professional, you shouldn’t broadcast your views,” Miqbel said. “People make jokes all the time but they mean no harm, but his post is definitely to offend all Muslims.”
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