Georgia deputy suspended over Facebook comment about Arbery

A Georgia sheriff’s deputy has been suspended and faces being fired over feedback posted on social media after a choose sentenced three white males to life imprisonment within the killing of Ahmaud Arbery

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — A Georgia sheriff’s deputy was suspended and faces being fired over feedback posted on social media after a choose sentenced three white males to life imprisonment within the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, news retailers reported.

Reacting to a narrative on WGXA-TV’s Facebook web page after the lads had been sentenced on their homicide convictions within the taking pictures of Arbery, a Black man who was jogging by a neighborhood, somebody wrote: “That prison arbery nonetheless obtained the loss of life penalty although.”

The comment was later deleted, however screenshots had been shared with news retailers and the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, which investigated and subsequently suspended longtime deputy Paul Urhahn.

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A letter from Sheriff Cullen Talton, posted on his division’s Facebook web page, mentioned the motion was taken due to conduct that discredited the division and was unbecoming of an officer, WGXA reported.

Urhahn will likely be fired efficient Jan. 20 except he appeals, the sheriff’s letter mentioned.

Chief Deputy Billy Rape mentioned Urhahn had been disciplined up to now for different violations, however his firing was primarily based solely on “the destruction of public respect for himself and our division by the entire social media outrage.”

Urhahn couldn’t instantly be reached for comment Thursday. It appeared his Facebook web page had been deleted, and no phone quantity was listed in his title.

Greg and Travis McMichael grabbed weapons and jumped in a pickup truck to chase Arbery after recognizing him running of their neighborhood close to Brunswick on Feb. 23, 2020. Their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, joined the pursuit in his personal truck and recorded cellphone video of Travis McMichael firing close-range shotgun blasts into Arbery, 25.

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The three had been sentenced to life in jail Friday, with a choose denying any likelihood of parole for the McMichaels, who’re father and son.

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