- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 17, 2015

A Georgia sheriff’s deputy has resigned after he was suspended without pay for a Facebook post appearing to joke about shooting Black Lives Matter activists.

A Thomas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Jason Shierling officially resigned his position after 5 p.m. Wednesday. The Sheriff’s Office was made aware of the deputy’s post Tuesday night and made the decision to suspend him the next morning, the Thomasville Times-Enterprise reported.

The post involved a comment he made while off-duty regarding a widely shared video that showed employees at a Thomasville fast-food restaurant fighting in a parking lot over the weekend.

“Lolz, these are the same people that want 15 an hr, the same people screaming ‘black lives matter’ it’s very clear they matter to you!” the post read. “I would’ve loved to have rolled up on this. If you aim right you could’ve gotten both of them on the same cartridge, let them ride it together!”

Capt. Steven Jones said Mr. Shierling made the comments “in poor judgment,” the Times-Enterprise reported.

“We have a strict policy. It says you do not say on social media anything that would bias, shame, discredit or embarrass our office,” he said.

The sheriff’s office policy on use of Internet and social media says: “The Internet, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, social networking sites and any other medium of electronic communication shall not be used in a manner that is detrimental to the mission and function of this agency. … Any publication, both on-duty and off-duty, through any medium that is potentially adverse to the operation, morale, or efficiency of this agency will be deemed a violation of this policy.”

Mr. Shierling had been employed with the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office for 18 months.

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