LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville Metro Corrections sergeant who was suspended earlier this week over a controversial Facebook post he apparently shared on his personal page has issued a public apology.

Louisville Metro Department of Corrections Director Mark Bolton suspended Sgt. Derek Hale on Wednesday, launching an investigation into a Facebook post he allegedly shared two days earlier.

The post said, "If we really wanted you dead all we’d have to do is stop patrolling your neighborhoods. And wait." At the top of the post, which had a picture of a white police officer leaning against a cruiser, Hale wrote, "Ha … truth." Hale posted it on his personal account.

On Friday, Hale issued a statement that read in part:

"Words alone cannot express how truly sorry I am for the impact my post has had on the community in Louisville, the staff at Louisville Metro Department of Corrections, and on my family. I accept full responsibility for the tensions it created and will strive tirelessly to bridge the divide between our community members and the law enforcement community."

The full text of Hale's apology appears below. 

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