WENATCHEE — Chelan County Emergency Management is facing criticism after an employee posted to its Facebook page Monday morning a meme showing an SUV running over protesters with the caption: “All lives splatter. Nobody cares about your protest. Get your [expletive] out of the road.”
The employee wrote “I don’t wish harm on anyone…but protesters don’t belong in the road!”
The post was sent to the employee’s personal Facebook account and then shared by mistake to the Emergency Management page, Sheriff Brian Burnett said Monday in a news release. He added that the post “does not reflect the views of the Sheriff’s Office” and that it was removed once staff noticed the error.
Emergency Management later shared Burnett’s press release to its Facebook page. In response to a comment calling for the employee to be fired, Emergency Management replied “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 EM….I had planned to share with a cousin primarily. I just did it too fast or something.”
The post originated from a page with over 50,000 likes called “Libtards; ya gotta love ‘em!”
Emergency Management’s page is used to provide information related to public safety, like evacuation levels during wildfires or, more recently, smoke conditions.
“Staff at Chelan County Emergency Management feel terrible that this inappropriate and hurtful post made it onto the Facebook page,” Burnett said.
The employee, who was not named in the news release, is not a commissioned deputy, Burnett said. He said changes have been made to procedure to “assure nothing like this will occur in the future.”
Aside from asking for the employee to be fired, some online commenters said they are appalled that a government employee would hold such opinions toward protesters and some have said they agree that protesters shouldn’t block roads.