An Ohio sheriff’s deputy was fired this week after admitting to posting racially charged tweets during the protests in Baltimore, Maryland, in April.
Zachary Davis, now a former deputy with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, admitted to posting the tweets during the riots in Baltimore. After pressure to terminate Davis once the tweets were brought to light, Clark County Sheriff announced that he had gone through with firing the officer.
In one of the tweets from the end of April, Davis wrote, “It’s time to start using deadly force in Baltimore. When they start slaying these ignorant young people it’ll send a message.”
“All these people in Baltimore doing what they’re doing are fitting every stereotype they’ve ever been labeled,” Davis also tweeted.
Davis even compared protesters to apes, tweeting, “Baltimore the last few days = real life Planet of the Apes.”
Sheriff Kelly says he first became aware of the tweets after receiving an email from a concerned local citizen.
“Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, but not everyone is entitled to express the level of insensitivity, hostility and maliciousness that is evident in the following tweets — especially when the person expressing them holds the responsibility of enforcing the law, when that person indeed holds the power of the state in his hands,” local resident Trevor Brown wrote to Kelly in his email.
Reports say that just hours after Kelly was informed of the tweets, Davis was let go.
“If you’re posting these type of statements then I don’t feel you can serve this community,” Kelly said in a statement, reported Springfield News-Sun. ”We are public servants — we represent this community and serve this community.”
“I had nothing to say to him except that I'm disappointed and that it will not be tolerated," Kelly also told The Huffington Post. "I found it offensive. Swiftly and surely, he was terminated. I’ve done everything I can do to try and correct this problem. It hurts us and this community and there’s no place for it.”
Photo Source: The Huffington Post, Clark County Sheriff's Office