A Terre Haute, Indiana police department police sergeant has been placed on leave after he suggested China be nuked for the pandemic. According to the Tribune-Star, Bradley Newman, who is also the Vigo County Clerk, posted his incendiary comment on his personal Facebook page. The department started investigating Newman after receiving multiple complaints about his “bias based social media posts.”
“Is it just me or does anyone think we ought to nuke China,” Newman wrote on Facebook on December 6th. “This virus wasn’t an accident. Kind of tired of the United States allowing people to walk all over us then wondering why people don’t look at us as a superpower. China needs to be held accountable! When Japan attacked us at Pearl Harbor we handled that at Hiroshima and Nagasaki! This has gone on for almost a year. Just my two cents but it’s time to send a message that this isn’t acceptable! Bombs away!”
When someone responded if he was seriously considering killing millions of innocent people over the coronavirus, Bradley Newman didn’t back down.
“Yes I am,” he wrote. “Absolutely! Smoke’em. Time to have a set and send the message it’s not acceptable. Elected official or not – this pandemic is their fault and they need to be held accountable. Proof? How much more proof do you need? If you don’t like it don’t follow my page but this is ridiculous – the amount of damage this has caused needs to have consequences!”
Newman was relieved of his duty until the outcome of an investigation by THPD to see if he violated the department’s social media policy. He has deleted his posts.
THPD Chief Shawn Keen said the Facebook posts by Newman does not represent the department.
“I will unequivocally state that the posts presented to me in these complaints do not reflect my personal values, those of the Terre Haute Police Department, or the City of Terre Haute,” he said.