‘Inappropriate post’ about protests leaves BCSO employee without job

Brunswick County Sheriff's Office (Photo: WWAY)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An employee with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has been let go following an incident involving an “inappropriate post” online about recent protests.

The sheriff’s office says they were recently made aware of activity by an employee related to an inappropriate post circulating on social media, regarding the recent protests that are occurring across our country.

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BCSO says the employee, who was assigned to the Brunswick County Detention Facility, has been discharged.

Sheriff John Ingram released the following statement:

“While we know all of our staff represent the Sheriff’s Office, we want to make it clear that the post in question does not reflect our vision, nor our core values. We have a very clear social media policy that is based on national standards that states in part, ‘Employees are prohibited from posting, broadcasting, or otherwise disseminating any sexual, violent, racial, ethnically derogatory material, or comments, pictures, artwork, video or other references on their website or through any other medium of communication.’ For this reason, the situation was handled swiftly and emphatically, resulting in the employee’s termination. Freedom to express one’s thoughts and opinions on social media is everyone’s right. However, as a representative of law enforcement and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, we are held to a higher standard and we take that very seriously. Our sincerest apologies for the actions, of this now former, employee.”