Dozens of protesters hit the streets of Lowell on Sunday to protest the forced resignation of their police chief, Steven Bukala.

Bukala was asked to resign from the Lowell Police Department after a series of Facebook posts both on the LPD and Bukala's personal account.  Lowell Police Department posted a message alerting the city to some armed citizens who would be exercising their 2nd amendment rights by patrolling Main Street.

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The post was later removed from the LPD Facebook Page.  After that post, Police Chief Steven Bukala posted a message expressing his support of these men on his personal page, saying“So these fine young men called me today. They wanted to exercise their Second Amendment rights and walk down Main Street. They saw what happened in Grand Rapids. They said it’s not going to happen here. We have your backs. I thanked them for letting me know they were in town and to call if they see something.” 

Both posts were met with a mixture of support and condemnation by Lowell residents and other West Michiganders.  The Lowell Police Department posted this in response:

According to Wood TV 8, the resignation was forced on the Police Chief, who had been serving the community since 1995 and was appointed police chief in 2012.

On Sunday afternoon, dozens of Lowell residents hit the streets to protest the forced resignation and to support the former Police Chief.

The protesters say that this forced resignation is a blow to 2nd amendment rights.