FAIRFAX, Va. - “Literally I just saw this today,” said Fairfax County Police Officer Brendan Murphy, a 16-year veteran of the department. “We all just saw this today.”
He could only shake his head after we showed him posts reportedly made by Fairfax County firefighter Khalil Abdul-Rasheed.
On Facebook, Abdul-Rasheed reportedly urges attacks on police.
Abdul-Rasheed reportedly wrote, “…we have to start putting them in body bags…stop filming and rally to your fellow citizen. Pull the cops off, lay on the individual, form a circle or throw punches.”
Abdul-Rasheed reportedly goes on to post, “do something… they cant massacre a mob. If ur on the hi way pull over and show force.”
On Twitter, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department said it is aware of the recent social media posts by one of its employees and that concerns them.
The department goes on to say it will not tolerate committing or inciting violence against law enforcement officers.
“We consider this a serious matter and the situation is currently under investigation,” tweeted Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.
We reach out to Abdul-Rasheed on Facebook for comment, but there was no response.
But he did respond about the controversy to blogger Dave Statter.
“My point is hey don’t stand around and let that happen. Come together and protect the individual even if you have to lay on top of them or pull cops off, they’re not going to shoot everyone,” Abdul-Rasheed reportedly wrote Statter.
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department said it could have more information about Abdul-Rasheed as early as Wednesday.