Channel 7 spoke with a tearful, remorseful Tim Idzikowski in the aftermath of social media firestorm today that prompted Detroit BBQ Company to take down its Facebook page and local partners to sever ties with the food truck.
I shouldn't have said what I said. I did not mean to take down a whole profession.
In regard to the post in which Idzikowski tells another commenter "Why don't you try suck starting your service pistol," the food vendor responds that he made that comment after threatening posts from a cop. "I had read some other posts on social media and I was frustrated," he adds.
"I shouldn't have said what I said. I did not mean to take down a whole profession. In no way," says Idzikowski. With more prodding from the reporter Idzikowski says he "didn't mean to disrespect or offend anyone who serves as a police officer. I have partners, I have employees and they don't deserve this."
Detroit Police representatives shared their reactions to the social media firestorm.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig spoke at a press conference on the topic this evening. "The losses of Garner, Brown, and then the young man in Cleveland. There are a lot of issues going on so what benefit does this have if a local business man aledgedly makes these inflammatory remarks? It's just not acceptable. We value, all lives matter." Craig adds that he will not tolerate anyone within the police department making unprofessional posts to social media.