Cambridge Police today identified Supt. Jack Albert, who has been on the force for 32 years, as the person who mistakenly used the department Twitter feed to call US Rep. Joe Kennedy "a liberal fucking jerk" whose sole saving grace was that he was better than "the clown" Kennedy is running against, Sen. Ed Markey.
Police said, effective immediately, only the department's director of communications and media relations will have access to the department Twitter feed. The department also released a statement by Albert:
To the City of Cambridge, my colleagues at the Cambridge Police Department and my friends and family, I wanted to take full ownership and responsibility for my regrettable actions following inappropriate political commentary I inadvertently published on the Department’s Twitter account.
As a 32-year-member of the Cambridge Police Department, and someone who grew up in the City of Cambridge, I know the high standards the Cambridge Police are expected to uphold in the community. Those expectations are rightfully heightened with someone in my executive position - on and off-duty. Unfortunately, in a moment of heated political debate with friends, I posted commentary that was out of character and not something I am proud of. I - not the department - deserve the criticism that has been directed to the Police Department over the last 24 hours.
During this unprecedented time and COVID-19, my colleagues at the Cambridge Police Department have been doing extraordinary work supporting and protecting our residents. To detract from their exemplary efforts because of my poor lapse in judgement is something that I will forever carry with me.
I want to genuinely apologize to Senator Markey, Representative Kennedy, the Cambridge community, and the great men and women of the Cambridge Police Department.
The department added:
Superintendent Albert is subject to disciplinary action per Department policy and procedures. Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, the Department would be restricted from disclosing any specific disciplinary action involving such personnel matters. Rest assured, the Cambridge Police Department remains committed to providing the very highest-level of service to our community and will work tirelessly to restore any trust that may have been broken as a result of this unfortunate incident.