Fire captain fired over posts about protesters

2016-07-12 20:38
(Spenser Heaps, AP)

(Spenser Heaps, AP)

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Columbia- A fire department captain in South Carolina's capital has been dismissed for posting on social media that he would run over protesters if they were still blocking traffic when his shift ended.

News media outlets report that Captain Jimmy Morris, a 16-year veteran of the department, was fired on Monday over Facebook posts about Black Lives Matter protesters.

Protesters closed an intersection near the Statehouse and prompted the closing of a small section of Interstate 126, a thoroughfare into Columbia, late on Sunday. There were no arrests, injuries or property damage reported.

The protests came after blacks were killed by police in Minnesota and Louisiana and white officers were gunned down in Dallas.

The news reports say that in one post, Morris said the "idiots" blocking traffic better not be there when I get off work or there is gonna be some run over dumb a----."

The next read, "Public Service Announcement: If you attempt to shut down an interstate, highway, etc on my way home, you best hope I'm not one of the first vehicles in line because you're a-- WILL get run over!"

Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins called the posts totally inappropriate, especially following last week's violent events.

"The Columbia Fire Department will not condone or tolerate this type of unprofessional behavior by any employee," Jenkins said in a statement, saying Morris "discredited the reputation" of his colleagues in the department.

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