Two Spalding County deputies have been fired after antifa activists exposed them for posting online comments supporting Hitler and the neo-Nazi ideology that is growing in the U.S.
According to 11Alive, Sheriff Darrell Dix released a statement saying:
Both have been fired. Their poor choices should in no way be construed to reflect the beliefs of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies, Detention Officers, or staff. We pride ourselves in our relationships with our community and in no way condone the former employees actions or opinions.
Activists with Atlanta Antifascists published comments made by jail guards Howard Costner and Jesse Jones on YouTube, Facebook and other online forums.
Costner posted that racism is normal, and “not a bad thing,” while calling non racist people “delusional.” He also said he respects the founder of the American Nazi Party, George Rockwell, and agrees with many of his beliefs, according to Atlanta Antifascists.
“I’ll say this I am extremely right winged and I view racism as normal,” he said, according to comments posted last year to one of his YouTube videos. “Just read the definition of racism and it’s not a bad thing. That’s my own belief though. I went from being a libertarian Conservative to more Authoritarian.”
Jones used the motto “Hitler did nothing wrong” for his profile on the online gaming platform Steam, where he communicated with other racist and Nazi-loving individuals.
Sheriff Dix said neither of the men did anything at work to show their extreme racist ideology.