A Detroit-based restaurant owner has faced intense criticism for remarks he made on social media following the murder of two New York Police Department officers.
Tim Idzikowski, owner of Detroit BBQ Company, took to Facebook to express his thoughts following the news that NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were murdered by a man seeking revenge for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
“How many times did they think they were going to kick the hornets nest before they got stung?" Idzikowski wrote. "These guys ‘can’t breathe’ now either."
The restaurant owner’s remarks quickly spread on social media, and not long after, both he and his business started receiving negative criticism. The Facebook page for Detroit BBQ Company started getting loads of negative reviews from people who were outraged by his comments, and now, Idzikowski has issued an apology.
“I want to express my deepest condolences and apology to the families of the fallen New York City Police Officers - senselessly killed last week and the entire police community of officers who faithfully serve and protect in New York City, in Detroit and across our communities,” Idzikowski said in a statement. “The recent online comments on my personal Facebook page were initially made out of frustration – after seeing recent developments unfold regarding the Eric Garner incident in New York City."
“In no way do I believe or condone violence against Police Officers in New York City, Detroit or anywhere else,” he continued. “I was trying to express a thought questioning at what lengths could the growing negative sentiment between some communities and the police continue before seeing more violence.
"I regret and apologize for the insensitive manner in which my comments appeared on Facebook. It was a momentary lapse in judgment and in poor taste. I have the utmost respect for the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect citizens such as me.”
Idzikowski says he’s received “over 20 death threats” on his voicemail since making his remarks, and despite his apology, people don’t seem to be backing off.