ATLANTIC CITY — A city councilman is being asked to resign by a police union official and business owner for a Facebook post they say is irresponsible in the wake of a police officer being shot in the line of duty Saturday.

Councilman Moisse Delgado posted the statement on his Facebook page after the shooting of Officer Joshlee Vadell on Saturday.

“Don’t think that just because suspects were apprehended that the POLICE are relaxing and hands are off their weapons,” Delgado posted.

Pat Colligan, president of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, called for Delgado’s resignation Wednesday afternoon.

Colligan said that since he’s been president of the state PBA, Delgado’s post has to be the most irresponsible statement he has heard from a politician.

“As a hero officer still lays in the hospital recovering from a cowardly attack, this councilman spews that stupidity from the safety of his keyboard. He should step down and let a qualified candidate take his position,” Colligan said.

Delgado told a Press reporter Wednesday aafternoon he made the post on his Facebook page and he called it “a reflection”.

“I know those in my circle, everyone is in a heightened level of sensitivity,” Delgado said. “What happened this weekend with the shooting of the officer is serious, it’s very serious.”

Vadell, 29, was shot near the Caesars parking garage about 2:40 a.m. Saturday when he and his partner, who has not been identified, were investigating a robbery, police said.

Delgado said the post was a reflection for anyone who is not a police officer that what they do can be interpreted the wrong way.

He said the post was not made to incite panic but to recognize that police and the public don’t share the same viewpoints at all times.

“We want to make sure in this present situation, because of the heightened sensitivity, because the police don’t see everything the way the public does and the public doesn’t see everything the way the police does,” Delgado said.

Delgado said he tries to be a conduit or liaison between the public and anyone who is supposed to be in service of the public.

“I’m not inciting any kind of panic. I’m not inciting a damn thing. You can make a comment about things going on in the community regardless of your position,” he said.

Coby Frier, an Atlantic City business owner and resident who started a Go Fund Me account for Vadell and his family, said Delgado’s post seeks to further divide the community.

“I think he should resign. He’s doing a disservice to the community with these comments. The last thing a councilman should be doing right now is dividing the community. Bring us together,” Frier said.

Matt S. Rogers, president of the Atlantic City Police Officer’s Benevolent Association, released this statement:

“To in any way find fault in the action or to use this as a ‘spring board’ for a discussion on a larger issue is ignorant to fact. If anything, the proper response would be to wait for more information from a thorough investigation. This is yet another example proving the larger issue needs to be less of a conversation and more those with agendas to step back and let real healing begin. That healing is easier knowing that every night heroes patrol the streets of AC allowing our critics to sleep in peace.”

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I have been a reporter with the Press since January 2007. I am a recent recipient of a fellowship through the American Society of News Editors Minority Leadership Institute. I am a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a graduate student.

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