The tweet posted to the Boston Police Department Twitter account, began by saying, "In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth", but goes on to celebrate the accomplishments of Auerbach, who was white.
The original post on the department's official Twitter account Saturday night was in honor of former Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach. The department later tweeted a photo of Bill Russell praising him for being the first African-American head coach in National Basketball Association history.
Later in the evening, Boston Police shared a tribute to Russell, calling him "one of the greatest Celtics of all time".
One user called the tweet "tone-deaf", while another called it a "swing and a miss". "So we already have the shortest month and now this" Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson tweeted Sunday night.
The tweet stayed up for about an hour before it was finally deleted. The department's account later posted another tweet that night honoring Bill Russell, the first African-American head coach in the National Basketball Association.
Boston Police did not immediately respond for comment about the deleted tweet.
Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News.