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Portland officer taken off patrol duty over tweet about Black Lives Matter protests

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Screenshot of the Twitter post by Officer John Hurlman, which has since been deleted Screenshot of the Twitter post by Officer John Hurlman, which has since been deleted

A Portland police officer was taken off the streets Tuesday after he posted a message on Twitter that publicly criticized the 'Black Lives Matter' movement.

The tweet, which Officer John Hurlman posted earlier this week but later deleted, said, "Black Lives Matter is planning to protest at Lloyd Center on black Friday. Oh joy, stuck late again at work to babysit these fools."

The Portland Police Bureau released a statement Tuesday, saying the Twitter post is not a reflection of how the bureau views the Black Lives Matter/Don't Shoot Portland groups.

Acting Chief Donna Henderson said that when she learned of the post, she had Hurlman reassigned to an off-street assignment.

"We understand that tensions are running high across the United States, especially with recent incidents in other cities," Henderson said. "At the Portland Police Bureau, we are mindful of that and remain committed to building relationships and trust in the community we serve."

Hurlman's wife posted a statement on Facebook Tuesday defending her husband. Christy Hurlman said her husband has spent 25 years serving Portland and he is a good man with a good heart:

"Yes, the officer who posted this tweet is my husband. So let me clarify that he has spent 25 years serving the City of Portland and her citizens, and has done so because he is a good man with a good heart. Of course he would protect anyone's right to free speech and protest, Black Lives Matter is a movement created to give voice to racism, and of course anti-racist discussions are valid and important. It was not his intention to belittle their cause, he was simply lamenting that although free speech and peaceful assemble are important, at his age and with teenage children and a wife at home, having the energy to protect an assembly where the issue of racism is the topic, specially racism involving the profession and difficulty of the job, it can be draining to have to defend the actions of other officers we do not know. Portland can be assured, however, that the many men and women I know who serve this city, care a great deal about everyone's life. It is a profession that requires compassion, without that trait, it would be too long and too hard of a career."

Henderson said the bureau's professional standards division is reviewing John Hurlman's tweet.

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