Virginia state Del. Hyland “Buddy” Fowler Jr. (R) used a photo of a menacing police dog in a Facebook post aimed at Baltimore protestors, Raw Story reported on Tuesday.
In the post, Fowler joked about whether police dogs would quell the violence in Baltimore, which broke out during protests over the case of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who suffered fatal injuries while in police custody.
“I wonder if a few of these would help bring calm to Baltimore?” Fowler wrote in the post.
The comment appeared above a photo of a snarling, teeth-bared police dog that had the caption: “Go ahead and run. He likes fast food.”
The post was reported by the website Blue Virigina on Tuesday.
The post did not appear on Fowler’s Facebook page when TPM looked on Wednesday, and Raw Story suggested it may have been deleted.
Fowler has not released a statement about the photo and did not respond to Raw Story’s attempts to contact him.
Fowler, via his website, said he’s up for reelection as he seeks a second term in the Virginia House of Delegates.
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