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Coconut Creek officer suspended for comment about activist David Hogg

David Hogg, a student at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas speaks outside a Publix Supermarket in Coral Springs, Fla., Friday, May 25, 2018. Students from the Florida high school where 17 people were shot and killed earlier this year plan a "die in" protest at a supermarket chain that backs a gubernatorial candidate allied with the National Rifle Association. Shortly before the the "die-in " Publix announced that is will suspect political donations. (AP Photo/Terry Spencer)
David Hogg, a student at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas speaks outside a Publix Supermarket in Coral Springs, Fla., Friday, May 25, 2018. Students from the Florida high school where 17 people were shot and killed earlier this year plan a "die in" protest at a supermarket chain that backs a gubernatorial candidate allied with the National Rifle Association. Shortly before the the "die-in " Publix announced that is will suspect political donations. (AP Photo/Terry Spencer)

A Florida police department has suspended an officer for writing on Facebook that a student activist who survived a shooting massacre should be run over by a car.

Coconut Creek Police Chief Albert Arenal announced Tuesday that he has suspended Brian Valenti for five days without pay for posting a comment about Marjory Stoneman Douglas High senior David Hogg. The student had organized Friday a "die in" at the Publix supermarket chain over its support of a pro-NRA gubernatorial candidate.

Valenti posted he hoped "some old lady loses control of her car in that lot" under a photo of Hogg.

Valenti deleted the post. Union representative Rod Skirvin told the South Florida SunSentinel the 45-year-old veteran officer was sorry for his actions.

Hogg says he respects the apology, adding that comments like Valenti's aren't helpful.

Seventeen people died in the Feb. 14 shooting.

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