In a Facebook conversation, Venable, who was named Field Operations Bureau Officer of the Year in 2014, argued with a woman that the officer involved in the shooting would be “fine” because Castile “had a gun AND weed in (the) car,” according to WSMV Nashville.
After telling the woman that she didn’t understand how police operations work, Venable told her to put on 25 pounds of gear and “put your pretty little life on the line every f------ day.”
The woman asked the officer if his job involved “shooting someone 4 times...while continuing to keep your weapon drawn on someone while they bleed to death over a period of 10+ minutes?”
Venable replied “Yeah. I would have done 5,” presumably saying he would have shot Castile five times.
The eight-year force veteran acknowledged the post, but said he was being sarcastic, the Nashville Police Department said in a press release.
Chief Steve Anderson said the Office of Professional Accountability has begun an investigation into the post.
“What he said does not in any way represent the men and women of this police department. It was a disservice to the city of Nashville, it was a disservice to this police department,” Anderson told WKRN, the local ABC affiliate. “It was a disservice to every individual officer out on the street. It’s something that can’t be tolerated. It’s something we are going to take very seriously. He may have disqualified himself to be a police officer.”