Officer backs out of public apology for swearing at students

Officer backs out of public apology for swearing at students
The officer captured on video had agreed to apologize to the entire school, but has backed out of that promise. (Source: NBC12)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A police officer who was seen on video cursing at students will not be making an apology to the school as previously planned.

Interim Richmond Police Chief William C. Smith said he met with the officer, who has not been identified, and the officer said he could not handle addressing the school assembly.

"Last week, the officer and I met with the students, their parents and several school officials who were directly affected by what he said; at which time he apologized them all. At that meeting, the officer signed an agreement promising to attend the school assembly but, since then, he has reconsidered that promise and no longer feels he could handle the much larger setting of a school assembly,” Smith said in a statement.

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Smith said the officer’s statement of telling the students “wait until your a**es turn 18” was “ill-advised."

"I have informed the school that the officer will not be able to make good on his promise to participate in a school assembly this week,” Smith’s statement said.

Smith said the officer has apologized for not being able to give the apology to the school.

“I believe that if there is any good that has come out of this, it is that the Richmond Police Department has developed a stronger, much more positive and hopeful on-going relationship with Albert Hill Middle School," the statement said.

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