NC deputy suspended after Facebook post; Sheriff calls for unity

Saturday, July 9, 2016
NC deputy suspended after Facebook comments
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Viewers sent in screenshots of the interactions on the social media site

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. -- Following the shootings in Dallas, the Haywood County Sheriff's Office published a Facebook post to say no matter our skin color, we are all brothers and sister. The Sheriff asked people to remember officers are also your community members.

That's the sentiment a lot of people are feeling as the nation calls for unity after this week's violence, but that was not the message from one Haywood County Deputy's social media post.

A viewer told WLOS about an interaction online between a woman and a deputy Thursday morning before the Dallas police shooting. The deputy also commented on the Black Lives Matter movement Friday morning.

The deputy replied to Jenny Young in a thread about the violence. Replying to Young, Haywood County Deputy Andrew Sutton wrote, "Once again if you know so much about what we do then show us how it's done. I usually shoot people on Facebook too."

Later Sutton wrote to Young, "Next time you see the police take cover we shoot for anything."

On Friday morning Sutton wrote, "I hope all the ignorant blind sheep that had so much to say yesterday are happy that so many of my brothers were killed last night in Dallas..."

Sutton's Facebook post continued, "...If you support black lives matter you make me sick and I have nothing for you."

Sutton's Facebook page no longer appears in searches. A viewer sent WLOS a screen shot.

Sutton has been suspended, WLOS reports.

"I think sometimes we speak with our emotions, and I think, once again, us being just humans, sometimes we're guilty of being just that -- humans. Sometimes we do and say things that sometimes we don't mean at all," said Chief Deputy Jeff Haynes.

Haynes said he trusts Sutton to protect African-Americans.

Young praised Haynes' response.

Haynes says the Haywood County Sheriff's Office is always looking to improve its relations with the community.

"We're going to clearly make sure that we protect people regardless of age, sex, race, gender, ethnicity. It makes absolutely no difference. We have a job to do, and we're going to do that to the best of our abilities," said Haynes.

Read more from WLOS.

On Tuesday, a sheriff's deputy in Sampson County was fired after making comments on Facebook about a deadly stabbing and shooting at a country club.

Read more about that incident here.