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Chelan County deletes “All Lives Splatter” post from emergency management Facebook page

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017

A Chelan County emergency employee learned the hard way on the 16th anniversary of 9/11 about when a Facebook “Share” becomes over-share.

The employee, who is not a commissioned officer, found an image from “Libtards; ya gotta love ‘em!” which earlier had posted a depiction of SUV running over three people. The post reads: “ALL LIVES SPLATTER” in big letters, with “NOBODY CARES ABOUT YOUR PROTEST” in smaller letters under the Jeep.

On top of the post, the employee, who has not been identified, wrote: “I don’t wish harm on anyone … but protestors don’t belong in the road!”

That post was then placed Monday morning on the Chelan County Emergency Management Facebook page. As soon as it was discovered, the post was taken down, Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett said.

Burnett said the employee apparently received the post from Libtards and intended to share it onto the employee’s personal page. Instead, it went to the government agency’s Facebook page that has more than 50,000 followers.

“Staff at Chelan County Emergency Management feel terrible that this inappropriate and hurtful post made it onto the Facebook page,” Burnett said. “Changes have already been made in procedure to assure nothing like this will occur in the future.

“This post does not reflect the views of the Sheriff’s Office and we trust the public will continue to follow us during emergency situations on our” page.

Burnett did not identify the employee or say whether that employee would face discipline.

“There will be an investigative review to follow up on all things and how it was done and what was done,” he said.

The emergency management Facebook page had become very popular based on the number of fires in the region over the last several years, he said.

“It’s been a really good tool for us up to this hiccup,” Burnett said. As for the Monday theatrics, “all we can do is react to them.”

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