UPDATE 2/7/17 @ 4:10 p.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Boyd County Sheriff Bobby Woods says an offensive Facebook post did come from a Boyd County Deputy Sheriff.
According to a release, the deputy has been suspended for 24 days without pay.
The suspension began Jan. 25 and is the maximum disciplinary action allowed by policy, according to a release.
The sheriff says any other comments about the action would be improper, due to it being personnel action involving an employee of the office.
The post from a deputy sheriff’s personal Facebook page states, "That Muslim holler monkey has been evicted ... now him and his shemale need to get gone!"
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UPDATE 1/26/17 @ 3:40 p.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- An offensive social media post allegedly made by someone on staff at the Boyd County Sheriff's Department has drawn reaction from an attorney with the Department of Public Advocacy Trial Office in Catlettsburg, who calls for "swift" and "transparent" action.
Brian Hewlett, directing attorney of that office, wrote:
"I was saddened and deeply troubled to read the offensive comments reported and re-printed by local news media. As defenders of our sacred constitutional guarantees of equal protection,individual liberty and due process, it is our duty and privilege to represent our clients and work to ensure they are treated fairly within the legal system. Bias and prejudice are grave threats to justice. Bias and prejudice inhibit an individual from treating others justly. For this reason, jurors are
questioned at length at the start of every trial to determine their ability to be fair to all parties during the case in which they are called to serve."
A post from a deputy sheriff’s personal Facebook page stated, "That Muslim holler monkey has been evicted ... now him and his shemale need to get gone!"
An anonymous source told WSAZ this post was a comment on a status about someone being evicted from their home.
In his written statement released Thursday, Hewlett said:
"The person who posted these comments has not been identified or verified. It is important to our values that we withhold final judgment until all the facts are gathered. However, if it is determined these comments were made by a member of the Boyd County Sheriffs Office, action should be swift to guarantee the equal protection and due process of all citizens of Boyd County.
"Any bias against a person for their religion, race or sexual identity must not be tolerated in our legal system. The post referenced in our local media disparages individuals in an offensive and repugnant manner that betrays a deep and troubling bias. This type of personal bias is disqualifying and should not be held by anyone charged with upholding the values of fairness and equality in the discharge of their official duties. The person who made these statements clearly possesses an inability to fairly interact with all citizens of Boyd County.
"For this reason, I call on Sheriff Bobby Jack Woods and the officials of Boyd County to act swiftly and transparently. The results of any investigation and personnel actions in light of these allegations should be made available to the public to ensure the citizens of Boyd County that the safety and constitutional rights of all its citizens and the integrity of our justice system are protected."
ORIGINAL STORY 1/25/17
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The Boyd County Sheriff says he is working to verify the authenticity of an offensive Facebook post allegedly made by someone on his staff.
A post from a deputy sheriff’s personal Facebook page states, "That Muslim holler monkey has been evicted ... now him and his shemale need to get gone!"
An anonymous source tells WSAZ this post was a comment on a status about someone being evicted from their home.
The source also sent a screenshot of the Facebook posts to WSAZ, which is the image used for this story.
WSAZ is not releasing the name of the deputy sheriff in question while the Boyd County Sheriff is investigating the personnel matter.
Sheriff Bobby Woods tells WSAZ he does not condone those words, and wrote in a statement, "I am in the process of verifying the authenticity of this posting. If it is verified that it was posted by a member of this agency, then I intend to initiate disciplinary action, which would then be subject to review by the Deputy Sheriff's Merit Board, which is the equivalent to a Civil Service Board."
Woods also says each deputy went through sensitivity training when they went through deputy training.