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At least 1 Chicago police officer seems to agree with Travis Tritt's boycott of Anheuser-Busch over the company's transgender activism — sparking internal affairs investigation

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The Chicago Police Department is facing an investigation from its own Bureau of Internal Affairs after the official CPD Twitter account briefly appeared to oppose corporate transgender activism.

The controversy actually stems from a tweet from country music star Travis Tritt. On Wednesday evening, Tritt tweeted that he would be "deleting all Anheuser-Busch products from my tour hospitality rider" after Bud Light, owned by Anheuser-Busch, featured Dylan Mulvaney. Mulvaney is a man who pretends to be a woman and has leveraged that performance of femininity into some lucrative sponsorships from other corporations besides Anheuser-Busch, including Nike and perhaps even Tampax.

Tritt's announced boycott of Bud Light was wildly popular, and as of early Friday afternoon, his tweet has nearly 200,000 likes.

But at least one of those likes has since been removed. About two hours after Tritt's original tweet, an activist named Jeff Wittekiend, who lists his pronouns in his Twitter bio, took a screenshot that indicated that the official Twitter account of Chicago PD had liked Tritt's boycott tweet.

Several outlets have reported the temporary "like" as evidence of "anti-trans" sentiment at CPD, and in a subsequent comment, Wittekiend seemed to accuse all cops of hating "trans people." "[T]hey've made that abundantly clear," he claimed without offering any support for the broad allegation.

Complaints about the CPD "like," which was quickly removed, eventually reached the upper echelon of the department, and CPD's Bureau of Internal Affairs announced that it had opened an investigation into the incident.

"There is an open investigation into this matter," the department confirmed in a statement. "We will not comment further to protect the integrity of this investigation."

An internal affairs investigation suggests that the department considers the "like" a significant breach of police conduct. However, many, including Wittekiend, have speculated that the "like" was a simple mistake.

"It would have been surprising if it would have been intentionally liked on the official Twitter page," Wittekiend admitted.

The potential consequences for the social media mishap are unknown.

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