Alabama Police Chief Under Fire for Facebook Posts Allegedly Demonstrating 'Anti-Muslim Bigotry'

An Alabama police chief is under fire for posting a "bigoted" image on Facebook.

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An Islamic group in Alabama has criticized local police chief Barry Pendergraft for posting what they call "anti-Muslim bigotry" on his Facebook page.

Pendergraft posted videos and images of himself in late September loading bullets into a box with the the caption, “100 more bacon grease covered bullets in the box! This relaxes me so!!” Another is captioned “Happiness is a couple thousand rounds in the ammo box! Bacon grease dipped of course!!” the New York Daily Newsreports

This is a box of bullets.

The caption—and more specifically, the reference to "bacon grease"—seems to allude to a pervasive but false story about a U.S. Army general killing Muslim extremists with bullets that had been dipped in pigs' blood. Donald Trump repeated the story to thousands of supporters at a rally earlier this year, and it has become mythologized among some communities of hardline conservatives. 

The Daily News further reports:

“These complaints are not worth — they’re below comment,” he said.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Alabama chapter reportedly said Pendergraft’s posts showed “evident anti-Muslim bigotry”; the Daily News reports that no action against the Burley, Alabama police chief has been announced.

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