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The post was left on the mayor's Facebook page by someone named Scott Reed, and it identifies him as a former city employee, now retired. (Photo Source: Facebook) The post was left on the mayor's Facebook page by someone named Scott Reed, and it identifies him as a former city employee, now retired. (Photo Source: Facebook)
WMC Action News 5's Nick Kenney spoke to Reed, who spent 27 years on the police force. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) WMC Action News 5's Nick Kenney spoke to Reed, who spent 27 years on the police force. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
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(WMC) - The Memphis mayor's office says it forwarded a message left on Mayor A C Wharton's Facebook page to the Memphis Police Department because contained, what was perceives as, threatening language in the post.

The post was left on the mayor's Facebook page by Scott Reed, and it identifies him as a former city employee, now retired. This follows the approval of the city's operating budget, which comes with major changes to health care premiums.

Reed's post reads:

"AC LET ME GET YOU ALONE FOR JUST 1 MINUTE YOU SOB! That goes for Flinn, Conrad, Hedgepeth, Lowery, Morrison, and Strickland! Thank all of you for f------ me and all other retirees that have put up with your bull----. I suffered the last 10 + years with no pay raise and a pay reduction and now I get f------ again! You better keep your bodyguard in your hip pocket!"

The mayor's office says it is alarmed by the message and passed it along to high-ranking members of MPD to make them aware of the situation.

"People can voice their opinions, people can say ugly things, but when it rises to the level of threatening physical harm, we cannot ignore that," mayor's office spokesman Bobby White said.

WMC Action News 5's Nick Kenney spoke to Reed, who spent 27 years on the police force. He retired in April.

"If it worries A C, I'm sorry. Now I'm worrying in a daily basis as to what I'm gonna do January 1, 2015," he said."For me it was a vent ... I was extremely mad that night."

"I'm a retired navy reservist. I'm a retired MPO; that's two careers, and now I may have to go find a third just to support my health care."

Memphis City Councilman Jim Strickland says all city employees have received a net 8 percent pay raise within the past six years: 5 percent in 2008 and 3 percent in 2009. Strickland acknowledges the 4.6 percent cut in 2011, but says it was restored in 2013.

"I understand the frustration. We only had bad choices—raise taxes or cut—to fully fund the pension," said Strickland when asked about the Facebook post. "I am more disappointed about the lack of accuracy about the facts."

Lowery is among six city councilman also mentioned in the post; all voted to pass the controversial budget.

"We have to make tough choices. Sacrifices have to be shared. In this case it was either doing this or raising taxes. We did not want to raise taxes," said Lowery.

Reed says he's not going to hurt anyone, and doesn't want anyone else to hurt anyone either.

He says he has been deeply impacted by the budget vote and is asking everyone else he knows to join him in an effort to deeply impact the city in return.

"I'm boycotting Memphis, so I don't see me running into A C Wharton anytime soon," he said.

MPD's public information officer says there is no official complaint on file.

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