05-20-2011, 01:58 PM #1
Another careful what you post on Facebook thread...
Sorry if it is a repost.
A Barrow County deputy resigned after he was confronted with postings from his Facebook page that included derogatory references to President Obama with terms like “towel headed” and “camel jockey.”
Sgt. Lewis Rusgrove, who was initally suspended without pay for 10 days, has resigned from the
According to Channel 2 Action News, the sheriff had opened an internal investigation of the Internet writings of former Capt. Lewis Rusgrove but that ended with his resignation on Thursday.
Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith said Rusgrove’s postings became an issue for the office because he identified himself on the page as captain, CID, or Criminal Investigations Department, at the Barrow County Sheriff's office.
"It was a big concern to me," Smith told Channel 2.
The discussion thread on his page began with high gas prices. Then Rusgrove wrote, “Damocrats, blacks or African-Americans where is the outrage towards your towel headed leader.”
He wrote, you “voted this camel jockey into office.”
The discussion ended with, "I guess you're too busy helping baby killers, gays, and pot heads.”
Smith learned of the Facebook postings when someone slid a printout of the page under his office door.
Initially Rusgrove was suspended without pay for 10 days.
After his suspension, Rusgrove wrote a letter to the sheriff saying his comments were of a political nature and did not come out of hatred. According to Channel 2, Rusgrove also wrote in rebuttal that his 10-day suspension was excessive and violated his free speech rights to express his political views away from work.
The sheriff opened an internal investigation when employees said they were uncomfortable with Rusgrove’s opinions.
Rusgrove did not respond to a message left on his home
05-20-2011, 02:06 PM #2
So is he a Capt or a Sgt?
Things like this are why I do not have a Facebook, or any social media account tethered to my name. I make some pretty off the wall comments in a joking way but things are not always taken in the proper context when in text format. I'd rather remain anonymous on the internets and have my lolz in private.
05-20-2011, 03:28 PM #3
1. I like this guy.
2. He ain't dlo.Pete Malloy, "The only thing black and white about this job is the car."
05-20-2011, 03:30 PM #4
Looks like he got screwed by a co-worker.... If they slide the page underneath the door.....
05-20-2011, 06:40 PM #5
Did he get demoted our what? I am thinking he knew the writing was on the wall so retired while he could. Not everyone on your friends list is your friend I guess!!!
05-20-2011, 07:54 PM #6
- Join Date
- Jan 2008
Bad taste... yes... suspension worthy? Yeeeaaaah no.
05-21-2011, 11:53 AM #7
I have a Facebook account because it is easier to post snippets and keep up with family and old friends that way than it is to write out an email once every blue moon. Keeps the family in the loop with pics of the kids and all. A couple ground rules I abide by strictly:
I don't post anything I wouldn't want shared with the local newspaper on the front page
I don't mention which agency I work for (if you're friends with me you already know anyway).
I make sure to check at least once a week to see if they haven't dicked with the privacy settings and have everything set to "friends only" or "only me"
I have nobody from work or associated with somebody from work as a "friend". I only have about 40 people as "friends", just went through and cut out about 30, and will probably do more in the near future.
I don't "Like" any pages, I don't add any "apps", don't play any games. I get on it maybe once every 3 or 4 days. Rarely post anything.
It's a good resource if used in proper context and with the understanding that everything on the internet can eventually be seen.
Last edited by Georgetime; 05-21-2011 at 12:01 PM.Be dangerous, and unpredictable... and make a lot of noise. - John Bush, Anthrax circa 1993
05-21-2011, 12:24 PM #8My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought, cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives...
05-21-2011, 04:26 PM #9
Got good on my FB?
"Certainly there is no hunting like the hunting of man and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never really care for anything else thereafter. You will meet them doing various things with resolve, but their interest rarely holds because after the other thing ordinary life is as flat as the taste of wine when the taste buds have been burned off your tongue." -Ernest Hemingway
05-22-2011, 09:04 AM #10
We have a policy on what can and cannot be placed (photos, where you work, photo of you with a bikini clad girl laying on your patrol vehicle) but it only seems to come up when the brass needs it. As far my face book account I think my wife runs it. lol"I do not fear the man who yells, I fear the man who doesn't"
05-22-2011, 06:31 PM #11
I have one myself, but there's no indication of what i do on it. I only have several friends on it but that's because I'm especially picky about who I "friend". I don't even have my picture on it.What are we going to do tonight? Same thing we do every night! TRY TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!!!
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05-22-2011, 11:45 PM #15
- Join Date
- Jan 2002
- Dane County, WI
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05-23-2011, 01:01 PM #18Nice place to work, where some anonymous rat pr1ck does this to you.Be dangerous, and unpredictable... and make a lot of noise. - John Bush, Anthrax circa 1993