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More Wakulla County Deputies Suspended For Ferguson Comments

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Wakulla County Sheriff Charlie Creel has now suspended five deputies following what he calls “insensitive” comments posted on Facebook about Ferguson, Missouri protestors.

Including his own number two—Undersheriff Trey Morrison—Creel has suspended Sergeant Eddie Wester, Detective Rick Buckley, and Detention Deputy Jeff Carroll.

Detective Richard Moon was already under suspension, after comments he made last week. In a Facebook post, he described Ferguson protestors as “cockroaches” and said he’s behind Officer Darren Wilson, who was recently not indicted by a grand jury for killing black teen Michael Brown.

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Comment made by Sgt. Eddie Wester

Undersheriff Morrison posted several cartoons also expressing his feelings on the protestors, one depicting a black man with a gun to his head, saying “Back off or the community gets it.” The other suspended deputies posted comments, like #blamejameis as in Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.

Creel says while law enforcement have a right to post comments on social media, they must be “cognizant of the fact that what they say reflects on the agency they work for.”

Creel has appointed a committee to conduct its own internal investigation.

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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.