According to the Lowell Police Department, the four men armed themselves to patrol Lowell in response to the situation in Grand Rapids.
“So these fine young men called me today. They wanted to exercise their Second Amendment rights and walk down Main Street. They saw what happened in Grand Rapids. They said it’s not going to happen here. We have your backs. I thanked them for letting me know they were in town and to call if they see something,” wrote Bukala on Facebook.
Earlier this week the LPD posted and defended the four armed men on social media.
“Greetings just to inform you the public we will have four open carry Second Amendment citizens walking Main Street…They’re well within their Second Amendment rights to do this. We are aware, there’s no need to call us,” read the LPD post.
Afterward the LPD apologized for defending the men on its Facebook page.
Lowell Police Department
We have made mistakes on social media this week, starting with an ill-considered message posted on the Lowell Police Department Facebook page. We then defended this message, arguing with residents or dismissing their concerns.
On behalf of the City and the Police Department, we apologize to our community for these mistakes. At a time when residents looked to us for leadership, we failed. We must take this opportunity to listen and learn so we can work together to defeat racism and build a more just and equitable society. We can and must do better
Feelings over rights now my dudes.