The Sheriff’s office in Chelan County, Washington, is doing an apology tour following someone from their office “accidentally” posting a meme to the official Chelan County Emergency Management page, depicting protesters being run over by a car along with the slogan “All Lives Splatter.” The meme, shared from the page “Libtards: ya gotta love ’em,” was accompanied by a status reading, “I don’t wish harm on anyone … but protesters don’t belong in the road!” With the insinuation being that if protesters are in the road, it is perfectly acceptable to run them over with your car. Because what else are you going to do? Not run over a human being with your car?
This comes on the heels not only of the Charlottesville rally, at which James Alex Fields Jr. ran over and killed 32 year-old Heather Heyer with his car, but another recent incident in Vancouver, Washington. The very same state that Chelan County is in!
This weekend, police in Vancouver arrested a man attending a far-right “Patriot Prayer” rally for attempting to drive his truck into a crowd of protesters. Luckily, no one was hurt, but not for lack of his trying.
At that same protest, a group of “Proud Boys” drove down the street pepper-spraying protesters, and subsequently crashed into a police vehicle. Very “Blue Lives Matter” of them!
It’s beginning to become pretty clear that this is not simply a crude meme or a joke to these people, and that they truly do not understand that it is wrong to try and run people over with your car. The comments on the meme itself make this clear:
This is not a “joke,” it’s a call to violence, and the people sharing this meme clearly seem to believe that not only is it “justifiable” to run over protesters in the street, it is completely legal. Posting something like this on the page of a sheriff’s office is going to solidify that belief.
The Sheriff’s Office of Chelan County is saying that this was done by accident, and that the staffer meant to share the meme to his own page.
“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 thing is, this is not actually something one can easily do by “mistake.” For those of you who have never done the social media management thing, allow me to explain. In order to share something to the Facebook page of a page you manage, you have to go through SEVERAL steps. It’s not like you click share and whoopsie daisy it posts to a page you manage instead of your own account.
First, after you click share, you literally have to scroll down to the thing that says “Share to a page.”
Then, you have to select which page you want to share it to.
There’s a little more to it than just clicking share, and it’s pretty much impossible to do all that by accident. I’ve done social media management for years, and I’ve never posted something to a page I manage by accident. Also, for the record, I have never accidentally liked a porn video on Twitter.
Even if it was a mistake, the fact that someone who believes it is whimsical or cute to run over protesters with cars was working, in any capacity, for the police, is beyond disturbing. Someone at the office should probably inform him that murdering people with your car is illegal, and then fire him.
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