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A since-deleted Boston Police Department tweet

Corrects that original tweet was Sunday not Saturday and that Auerbach was the first to hire an African-American coach, not 'fire.'Boston police are facing heavy criticism online for a now-deleted Twitter post for Black History Month that celebrated a white man.

In the tweet, posted Sunday night, the police chose to give a shout-out to Auerbach for giving African-Americans opportunities in basketball.

The tweet also honored Auerbach for fielding "an all African-American starting five in 1964 and [hiring] the league's 1st African-American head coach (Bill Russell) in 1966", according to screenshots posted on Twitter.

A few hours later, around midnight, the department apologized for the original tweet. Former city councilor Tito Jackson was among those who used social media to criticize the tweet. "So we already have the shortest month and now this", Jackson tweeted. "Please file this under Hell Nah aka Not Having it aka Not Ok", he tweeted.

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The police department later issued an apology through its Twitter account, acknowledging that its earlier post may have been offensive to some.

The tweet, which was deleted less than an hour after it went up Sunday night, was posted on the department's official account "in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth".

Many who caught the first tweet before it was deleted responded to this second Black History Month tribute with screenshots of the original tweet mentioning Auerbach.

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