On Monday, a Washington state sheriff’s office found itself in hot water after posting a meme to its Facebook page that mocked protesters being run over.
The meme, which read “All Lives Splatter” and showed an image of a cartoon car running into stick figure protesters, was shared on the Chelan County Emergency Management page.
“Nobody cares about your protest,” the meme read. “Keep your a** out of the road.”
According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, a county employee shared the post along with a caption that read, “I don’t wish harm on anyone … but protesters don’t belong in the road!”
Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett quickly issued an apology after the meme was posted, saying that a “noncommissioned” employee meant to post it to their personal page instead.
“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 came under fire not only because many saw it as making light of the death of Heather Heyer, who was run over by a white supremacist in Charlottessville, Virginia, but also because the meme seeming to promote violence and domestic terror was posted on September 11.
— ¡Technical Rockout! (@TechRockout) September 11, 2017