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Probe Into Suspended Wakulla Deputy’s 'Insensitive' Ferguson Post Extends To Others

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The investigation into a suspended sheriff’s deputy for comments he made regarding the Ferguson, Missouri protestors has extended to others within the Wakulla County Sheriff’s department.

The grand jury’s decision in Ferguson, Missouri not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black teen, Michael Brown set off a series of protests and violent rioting around the nation. It also led many people to take to social media to vent their frustration either by empathizing with Brown’s family or Officer Wilson.

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Wakulla County Sheriff deputy Richard Moon's comments, under a post of a cartoon by Undersheriff Clarence Trey Morrison.

Several Wakulla County Sheriff’s deputies commented on facebook under cartoons posted by Undersheriff Clarence Trey Morrison. That includes Wakulla County deputy Richard Moon. In a posting, he called the protestors “cockroaches” that needed to be squashed, adding “I say we rally for Wilson, who’s with me?” Some, including the NAACP, were outraged by the posts, and Sheriff Charlie Creel suspended Moon without pay and called for an investigation. Spokesman Keith Blackmar says the probe is ongoing and does include the other deputies.

“Yeah, there’s an internal investigation at this point that’s underway. I can’t say exactly how long it will last. I’m not sure, but once that is completed, I’m sure we’ll have something to release to the media at that point.”

A town hall was also called over the weekend by the NAACP and Creel, who apologized on behalf of his deputies, also calling the comments “insensitive” that reflect poorly on the department. He says he’s looking into more racial diversity training.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.