Not everyone was appalled by the hateful display of violence at the Charlottesville protests last month. There are many who actually celebrated each and every incident including the motorist who plowed his car into a crowd killing Heather Heyer and injuring several others.
All Lives Splatter
A sick meme lauding that heinous crime has been floating around the internet and ended up on the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Facebook page. The image depicts a jeep crashing into three stick figures with the caption, “All Lives Splatter/Nobody Cares About Your Protest/Keep Your Ass Out Of The Road.” The office employee also commented on the post saying the following:
“I don’t wish harm on anyone…but protesters don’t belong in the road!” the unnamed worker wrote.
Safe to say the person running the Chelan county emergency management page is not having a great Monday. 😂 pic.twitter.com/rDDrf7ebSN
— Micah (@MicahBrunner) September 11, 2017
For some reason, there are people who love the fact that James Alex Fields, Jr., drove his car into that Charlottesville crowd. Local police insist that he did so with the express intention of killing people who were well within their rights to protest the White nationalist gathering.
But Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett has offered an apology of sorts saying that the employee is non-commissioned and only meant to share the meme on a personal Facebook account. Does that make it okay? Burnett has not released the employee’s name nor is there any word of any disciplinary action taken.
“Staff at Chelan County Emergency Management feel terrible that this inappropriate and hurtful post made it onto the Facebook page,” Burnett said in a prepared statement. “Changes have already been made in procedure to assure nothing like this will ever occur in the future.”
— Web Ebb (@web_ebb) September 8, 2017
Changes in procedure? What Burnett describes here amounts to probably just changing the office Facebook account password and maybe reassigning social media activities to somebody else. Of course the post has since been deleted, but the greater issue is that there are people in that office who think that murder is an acceptable way to deal with opposition. This is an extremely inappropriate action for a law enforcement agency to take in a public forum without grave consequences. Somebody must take a closer look.