Florida Assistant State Attorney Suspended For Saying Orlando Sucks After Shooting
Everyone likes to make jokes about how Florida is a lawless wasteland filled with the strangest criminals in the country. It’s mostly lighthearted ribbing directed at the bizarre headlines that tend to come out of the Sunshine State with mildly alarming frequency. There’s a line where that can cross into actual hate-filled territory, a line which assistant state attorney Kenneth Lewis catapulted himself over when he posted the following on Facebook after the shooting at Pulse in Orlando:
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 [sic]. If this is an act of domestic terrorist [sic] it is so important that we don’t publish the religion, name, or motive of the terrorist as not to offend anyone.
Lewis was suspended and is under review for violating the SAO9 social media policy, a spokeswoman for the state attorney’s office confirmed. Violating the policy can result in getting fired. The post has since been deleted, but screenshots are forever.
— Matt Grant (@MattGrantWESH) June 18, 2016
This is not Lewis’ first time taking to Facebook to spout horrendous nonsense. There’s this classic from 2014:
And this charming piece of political commentary about Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor:
“Reason enough why no country should ever engage in the practice of Affirmative Action again. This could be the result. Where would she be if she didn’t hit the quota lottery? Here’s a hint: ‘Would you like to supersize that sir?’”
Despite calling his subordinate’s remarks “offensive and dehumanizing,” State Attorney Jeff Ashton said Lewis will not be reprimanded.
“I’ve never had a victim come to us and say this man is not treating us with respect … I am not going to punish someone for what is clearly political speech,” Ashton said.