A Washington state sheriff has started damage control after a meme joking about running over protesters was posted to his county’s Facebook page on Monday.
The meme read “All Lives Splatter” and had an image of a car ramming through protesters in the street. Many found the image, which was posted to the Chelan County Emergency Management page, to be offensive to Heather Heyer, who was killed during the Charlottesville white supremacy rally.
“Nobody cares about your protest,” the meme also read. “Keep your ass out of the road.”
According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, a county employee shared the photo on the page. Whoever made the post added a caption that read, “I don’t wish harm on anyone ... but protesters don’t belong in the road!”
After the meme was removed, Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett swiftly issued an apology Monday, which said a “noncommissioned” employee meant to share it on a personal account.
“Staff at Chelan County Emergency Management feel terrible that this inappropriate and hurtful post made it onto the Facebook page,” Burnett wrote in the news release. “Changes have already been made in procedure to assure nothing like this will ever occur in the future.”
The post has come under fire not only for the insensitive subject, but also the inappropriate date of the post: September 11.
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