Weaver retired in 2019 from the Johns Creek Police Department after serving in a senior command position. He said he was surprised by Heather Byers’ email.
“Out of an abundance of caution, I filed the police report just to make police aware of the perceived threat,” Weaver said.
Weaver, who is African American, also said he thought the chief’s Facebook comments were “hurtful, divisive and inappropriate and did not represent the officers that he served with.”
Bodker told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that numerous allegations unrelated to the social media comments were made against the chief since his Facebook post and the city has an obligation to investigate them.
Bodker said he didn’t personally feel threatened by Heather Byers’ email, acknowledging it was focused on Weaver.
"There have been things I received that I felt as threatening,” he said. “When I read (Byers’ email), as the person who wasn’t named, I took it as ‘I’m going to defend my husband’ — sort of mama bearish.”
Heather and Chris Byers have not responded to emails requesting comment.
Johns Creek resident Angie Ayers Jones, who has been critical of the chief’s Facebook post said Heather Byers’ email is concerning in the current social climate.
“The thing that was shocking to me was that she used the word ‘gun,’” Jones said. “What exactly does that mean? Is she going to shoot all of us that are holding our police accountable for their choice of words?”