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WARRENTON, GA (WFXG) -

A Warrenton police officer resigned after he was accused of posting inappropriate remarks on Facebook, according to the Warrenton Police Department. 

Adam Harper was allowed to resign on Sept. 18 in lieu of termination, Chief Ron Sellers said.

Harper is accused of making remarks about the death of Michael Brown, a young man who was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. in August. 

The Warrenton Police Department confirmed that the attached screenshot is the post that they investigated. 

Harper was placed on administrative leave on Sept. 16 after the post was brought to the police department's attention. 

After resigning Thursday, Harper released a statement. 

"My original point was to share my opinion on the Michael Brown shooting and to let fellow Law Enforcement Officers know that it is okay to defend yourself if forced to do so," Harper wrote. 

"I feel it is always sad when someone is killed by a Police Officer, but I also feel that it is sometimes necessary for Police to defend themselves against serious injury or death." 

Harper apologized for two things in his statement. 

"I want to apologize for two things. The first is my use of profane language on a social media outlet. The second thing I would like to apologize for is offending some people with my opinion."

Click here to see Harper's full statement

A second Warrenton police officer also was under investigation for a comment the department said he made on social media about the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Officer Michael Greesom received a written reprimand and is was placed on three-month probation, Sellers said. 

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