A Louisville Department of Corrections officer who was suspended over a Facebook post about police has apologized.

News outlets report Sgt. Derek Hale issued a statement Friday saying he accepts responsibility for tension caused by the post and will work to "bridge the divide" between the community and law enforcement.

Corrections Director Mark Bolton suspended Hale on Wednesday and began an investigation.

The post showed an image of a white police officer with the words "If we really wanted you dead all we'd have to do is stop patrolling your neighborhoods. And wait." Hale reportedly wrote, "Ha ... truth," and posted it on his personal account.

The post came after fatal police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota, and a rampage in Dallas that left five police officers dead.