Mayor Burke also released the following statement:
I have received a copy of Officer Montalbano’s statement issued earlier this afternoon.
I applaud his swift public statement pertaining to this matter and clarifying his intent of the Facebook post.
His comments about ISIS and the terror they inflict on our world is shared. I can not emphasize enough the importance of separating this terrorist organization from people who practice the Islamic faith.
The City of Medford’s “Social Media Policy” is being developed and will apply to all municipal employees. Currently, Police are required to comply with their departmental rules and regulations along with the social media policy that exists presently for the department.
We are hopeful that this negative incident will lead to beneficial dialogue as we go forward as a united community.