SALEM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) —A Salem police captain has been suspended after a tweet was sent out on the department’s twitter account criticizing Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker.
Salem News reports Capt. Kate Stephens has been suspended with pay as the department continues to investigate. She has been with the department for 24 years.
The tweet, which has since been deleted, tagged Walsh saying “so you issued a permit for 10 of thousands of people to protest but I can’t go to a restaurant? You are ridiculous. You and Too Tall Deval are killing this state.”
Salem Police have since apologized, calling the tweet “wildly inappropriate.”
“The earlier tweet was not authorized and in no way reflects the beliefs of the Salem Police Department. We deeply apologize to Mayor Walsh and Governor Baker,” the department wrote on Twitter.
In a statement, Salem Police Police Chief Marty Butler said these “types of comments are uncalled for at any time, but they are particularly egregious at this time when the public is questioning the police relationship with the community they serve.”
WBZ NewsRadio's Jim MacKay (@JimMacKayOnAir) reports