Sheriff’s Deputy Suspended After Making Facebook Post About Black Lives Matter
Law enforcement officers have already been under attack across the nation by pundits and protesters who see them as racists who wear the blue for the sole purpose of targeting black males, as well as serving knowing they do not have the support of the president.
And last week’s sniper attack on Dallas police as they were patrolling a Black Lives Matter march, which left five officers dead and nine wounded, has left them stressed, exhausted and heartbroken.
Working in conditions like this, it may not be surprising that a few officers have responded by taking to social media with insensitive and ill-thought-out posts, lashing out at those they feel target them – and endanger them, even as they fulfill their role to “serve and protect.”
Deputy Sheriff Jeremy McNary in Shelby County, Tennessee made that mistake and has been suspended without pay.
McNary put up a Facebook post saying law enforcement officers should be free to use water hoses on the protesters who shutdown I-40 in both directions for hours on Sunday night.
Water hoses were used on protesters in the South during the Civil Rights era of the 1950s and 1960s, and the scenes broadcast on television repulsed the nation.
Earle Farrell, spokesman for Shelby County, told the local newspaper that the sheriff’s office took “immediate action” after learning of the Facebook post.
He also confirmed McNary’s suspension.
The shutdown of all traffic on I-40 prevented a couple from being able to take their sick child to the hospital, forcing them to call 911 for an ambulance. Police escorted the ambulance along the wrong way of the highway, turning what should have been a ten-minute trip to a half-hour ordeal for the child and the family.
The paramedic in attendance said it was one of the “top three” most grueling emergency runs of his 30-year career.
McNary’s Facebook page has been taken down.