An apology

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I have long been a critic of police impropriety. But I made a terrible mistake conflating these concerns with the tragedy that occurred this week, and I want to apologize to all who were affected by my actions [Nyberg takes heat for chastising dead cops, Inside Report, Dec. 26].

Two police officers — Conrad Gary and Eduardo Marmolejo — were killed in the line of duty. When I learned of this, I ignorantly mocked the manner in which they were killed. There is no excuse for my actions. Those statements do not reflect who I am, nor do they reflect the dignity which every human life should be afforded. I deeply regret my actions.

To the officers' family and friends, I apologize for any pain I may have caused. Upon reflection, I recognize that these individuals died in service to the community and deserve that acknowledgement and respect. I failed to do that, and I am sorry.

I need also to be clear that my ignorant statements were mine and mine alone. As much harm as my statements may have caused, some people have cynically been trying to exploit my error for their own political gain because of one of my associations.

I have resigned from the Northside Democracy for America (NDFA) steering committee because I care deeply about the organization's mission, and I know that my actions would distract from that mission even though neither the organization, its officers, nor its members were in any way responsible.

I implore those who seek to exploit that association for their own political gain to consider, as I have, the harm caused by those actions.

I have made mistakes in the past and, no doubt, will make more in the future. But this mistake caused harm. I deeply regret my actions, and I am sorry for my statements and any harm that came as a result.

Carl Nyberg

Originally posted on social media

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