A Massachusetts police force apologized on behalf of an officer who tweeted a vulgar message against U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III on the department’s official account.
The Cambridge police officer, who has not been identified, sent a tweet Sunday calling Kennedy “another liberal (expletive) jerk.”
The tweet sent on the department’s official Twitter account was in response to a local Boston news station’s story, which quoted Kennedy calling the distribution of personal protective gear in the U.S. “embarrassing.”
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The officer’s tweet also said that Kennedy “happens to be better then the clown he’s running against. Sad for us.”
The post was deleted after the officer realized it wasn’t sent from his own personal account, according to Jeremy Warnick, a Cambridge Police Department spokesman.
Shortly after the post was taken down, the department issued a series of tweets, apologizing for the officer’s “political commentary” and calling the message “inappropriate, unprofessional and disrespectful.”
The police force added, “These actions do not reflect the professionalism that we as a department take great pride in & we want to sincerely apologize to the Congressman and those individuals the statement was directed at.”
Kennedy could not immediately be reached for comment.
The tweet thread ended with the department announcing it will take the necessary actions against the officer involved but did not specify what the planned response will be.