Cop Who Threatened Violence Against Democrats, BLM Protesters Quits Before Being Fired

A Colorado police officer, who was under investigation over threats of violence against Democrats and protesters in the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, has resigned before his employment was terminated, the Platteville Police Department confirmed.

Former Platteville officer Jason Taft was placed on administrative leave earlier this month following a post on Facebook the day after the election.

It read: "If for some reason we lose do we get to be little b****** and beat the hell out of the other party like they did. Because they don't believe in what we do. In fact in case we actually let Biden win. There will be far fewer results than this year because we'll help them find God."

The post, which was still publicly visible on the evening of November 5, continued: "Democrats you were scared of Trump now's the true time to be afaird [sic]. We will do what you have done to our city's and prevail p.s. please meet me at the battle grounds."

According to The Denver Post, Taft added a comment to his own post, which was later deleted, that read: "I'm ready to leave my job just so I can hurt these people that act like they know what real life is about. They are a bunch of time out in the corner billy people. They have no clue of the true rath [sic] thats [sic] coming. Dems you thought you made a scene or statement with BLM just wait this it will be fun!"

An investigation was launched following the posts which were later described by Platteville Police Chief Carl Dwyer as "disgraceful and inappropriate." The investigation concluded on November 10 and Taft was to be fired from his position, Dwyer said in a statement released on Thursday. However, he added that Taft had resigned on Wednesday.

Dwyer said in the statement: "Notice of the intended discipline, which was termination of Officer Taft's employment, was not provided to Officer Taft until November 18th because he was unavailable to receive direct correspondence earlier.

"Officer Taft submitted his resignation on November 18th prior to completion of the Town's internal disciplinary procedures," Dwyer noted.

The latest police resignation comes amid the ongoing BLM movement, which was reignited this year following the killing of George Floyd.

Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old Black man, died in May during an arrest made by the Minneapolis Police Department after Derek Chauvin, a white officer, held Floyd to the ground with a knee to his neck for nearly eight minutes.

The four officers involved in the incident, including Chauvin, were arrested. Chauvin, who is facing murder and manslaughter charges in the death of Floyd, was released from custody last month after posting bond.

Floyd's death saw a series of protests erupt across the country and the globe in an outcry against police brutality and racial injustice.

Democrats and BLM protesters formed a united front against President Donald Trump in a bid to oust him out of office.

In the lead up to the election, members of the Floyd family traveled to different parts of the country to encourage people to vote. Earlier this month, before the election results were revealed, Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, noted he believed President-elect Joe Biden deserved to win.

"I think he [Biden] actually deserves a chance to prove himself worthy. Everybody has an opportunity but I really think he deserves it this time," Philonise Floyd told ABC 13 in Houston, the Texas city in which Floyd grew up.

Denver Colorado BLM protest June 2020
Protesters from the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement outside the Colorado State Capitol building in Denver, Colorado, pictured on June 6. This week, a Colorado policer officer who threatened violence against Democrats and BLM protesters resigned before he was due to be fired. Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images