Florida Prosecutor Fired Over Orlando Rant Posted to Facebook After Shootings
Kenneth Lewis posted a rant after the Orlando shootings that suggested the Pulse nightclub victims only had themselves to blame.
An assistant state's attorney in Florida has been fired after he posted an anti-Orlando rant following this month's deadly nightclub shooting.
Kenneth Lewis, who was suspended last Friday after suggesting in a Facebook post the Pulse nightclub victims had themselves to blame for being in a dangerous area, was officially fired Thursday.
The post was written hours after 49 men and women were mowed down inside Pulse nightclub June 12. The post read:
Downtown Orlando has no bottom. The entire city should be leveled. It is void of a single redeeming quality. It is a melting pot of 3rd world miscreants and ghetto thugs. It is void of culture. If you live down there you do it at your own risk and at your own peril. If you go down there after dark there is seriously something wrong with you. Disney does everything in its power to shield visitors of Disney from its northern blight. That doesn’t change reality. Disney may be the happiest place on earth but Orlando is a national embarassment. If this is an act of domestic terrorist it is so important that we don’t publish the religion, name, or motive of the terrorist as not to offend anyone.
Florida State Attorney Jeff Ashton said he fired Lewis after he admitted to personally writing the post, CBS reports.
Ashton also said Lewis had been disciplined for offensive posts before. In 2014, Lewis was reassigned amid outrage over a post he wrote that read:
"Happy Mother's Day to all the crack hoes out there. It's never too late to turn it around. Tie your tubes. Clean up your life and make a difference to someone out there that deserves a better mother."
Ashton said in a termination letter to Lewis that their office even updated social media policy as a result of the 2014 post.
"Based upon our extensive discussions in 2014, you, more than anyone, understand how seriously I take this issue," Ashton wrote. "I explained to you at the time that public trust in the criminal justice system can only be maintained when those empowered to execute the law are, and are perceived to be, free of bias in the execution of their duties."
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