Offensive Facebook post by Sheriff's employee being investigated; Employee on suspension
After a young woman was killed during a protest on I-5 in downtown Seattle a Facebook post was made showing a cartoon of a person being hit by a vehicle and the words
ALL LIVES SPLATTER
GET YOUR ASS OFF THE ROAD
The post was allegedly made by an employee of the King County Sheriff's Office resulted in disciplinary action and the following statement from the Sheriff's office:
"On Sunday July 5th, the King County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of some concerning posts made by one of our deputies on Facebook. We took immediate action and forwarded the matter to our Internal Investigations Unit.
This morning, Sheriff Mitzi G. Johanknecht ordered that the internal investigation be expedited. The employee was immediately placed on administrative leave and all his police powers have been suspended.
Other Sheriff’s Office employees who may have participated via reactions or comments on the posts will also be investigated.
Sheriff Mitzi G. Johanknecht said, “We value all members of our community and are committed to serving everyone equally, with dignity and respect. I will take swift action to thoroughly investigate when the conduct of Sheriff’s Office members fails to reflect our core values and violates Sheriff’s Office policy.”
This type of unfeeling and unprofessional behavior by a King County Sheriff should not be tolerated. He should be fired for violating core values of both the Sheriff's office and human compassion and dignity.