Naples police officer ‘retires’ amid investigation

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NAPLES, Fla, — Naples police officer Charles Ankenbauer retired after 20 years of service due to inappropriate social media posts.

“My mouth has gotten me in trouble more than anything else in my whole life and I don’t regret it,” Ankenbauer said.

Ankenbauer has made several racist posts about events like the Club Blu shooting, when he said that it was a “black problem” and called himself a racist.

An internal investigation conducted by the department also showed that Ankenbauer had made a post in reference to a Black Lives Matter riot video, calling the protesters involved “animals.”

“I’m getting angry when I see cops killed,” Ankenbauer said. “I’m racist now because I think these people rioting and stuff aren’t checking their facts or nothing.”

Upon hearing these charges, Ankenbauer immediately acknowledged that his behavior was inappropriate and told the department he “thought he locked down his Facebook.”

Since leaving the Naples Police Department, Ankenbauer has continued posting.

“I don’t regret nothing,” Ankenbauer said. “I had a great 30-year career in law enforcement and I appreciate everything they have done and the country has done.”

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