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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A Springfield man who posted anti-police comments in a long thread on Facebook is stirring controversy.
The comments go as far as to say he hoped a police station would be blown up.
It started when a Fayetteville, Arkansas, police officer was ambushed and murdered while sitting in his car.
Many Fayetteville residents were posting their condolences on Facebook, but Jeremiah Taylor, a Springfield resident who previously lived in Arkansas, decided to use the comment section to declare his hate for police officers.
In a long thread of posts, Taylor said about the officer's death, "Good, one down. I hope they blow the station up next time."
Taylor told KEZI 9 News there was no ill intent behind the comments.
"Honestly it was just an empty thought. There was no thought behind it. I just posted it. They were just random posts. I wasn't thinking at all, that's pretty clear," said Taylor.
Taylor was fired from his job at a Sprint dealer in the Valley River Center as of Tuesday night.
KEZI reached out to the Fayetteville Police Department to see how they felt about the comments.
"We have enough to worry about. We're worried over here. We're gonna lay one of our brothers to rest that was murdered in the line of duty. We don't have time to worry about some Facebook troll out there," said Sgt. Anthony Murphy.
According to Brian Humphries with the Springfield Police Department, Taylor apologized to them.
"I apologize. There was no meaning behind that, and that was someone's family member that died. I can clearly see that if someone was saying that about my family, I would be upset about that," said Taylor.
A representative with Sprint, Kathleen Dunleavy, said in a statement that Sprint takes threats of violence very seriously.
"We expect our dealers to cooperate with authorities and follow all applicable laws, and expect that they will take appropriate action as this process moves forward," said Dunleavy.
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