Protesters outraged by The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office whose employee was spreading an offensive violence-glorifying meme on its emergency management Facebook page. The Office in Washington state has apologized after public backlash defending protesters rights to march on the streets and condemning the stance of state employees.
It’s an obvious parody of the Black Lives Matter movement which protests police brutality against people of color and points out racist tendencies in law enforcement behavior around black neighborhoods in the US. The specific parody meme (see below) reads, “All lives splatter. Nobody cares about your protest. Keep your ass out of the road.”
It was reportedly shared by mistake according to Sheriff Brian Burnett. An unnamed employee shared the meme from another Facebook page called “Libtards; you gotta love ’em!” with the comment, “I don’t wish harm on anyone … but protesters don’t belong in the road!”
Burnett said changes have been implemented to make sure mistakes like this don’t happen again. His statement did not mention whether the employee who posted the meme would be disciplined.
Of all days, the post went up on Sept. 11 ― not that a threat against Americans exercising their right to protest would have been any less abhorrent on any other day.
Not only that, the incident came just a month almost to the day after a vehicle plowed into counter-protesters marching against a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August, killing one and injuring dozens. And coming from a state agency responsible for protecting citizens, it’s an indicator that ‘something is rotten in the state of Denmark’, or in this case the USA.
Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett said the post was sent to the employee’s personal Facebook account and then shared by mistake on the department’s emergency management page, the Yakima Herald reported.
The message was deleted shortly after it was discovered. The department also posted an apology saying that the “All Lives Splatter” meme “does not reflect the views of the Sheriff’s Office.”
The unnamed employee commented on the apology post anonymously to try to explain what happened ― in a technical sense: “I work off a computer but it does give options of who to share with and I must not have caught that it was sharing to [the Emergency Management page]. … I had planned to share with a cousin primarily. I just did it too fast or something.”