‘Quit resisting’: Trinity County Sheriff Deputy On Administrative Leave After Posting Meme Mocking the Death of George Floyd
Trinity County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brandon Woodhouse has come under fire after it was found that he posted on his personal Instagram account a meme mocking the death of Minnesota man George Floyd. According to Trinity County Sheriff Tim Saxon, “I have placed the deputy on administrative leave pending the completion of an internal investigation.”
Northern California Facebook Groups such as “Redding Against Police Brutality” began circulating the screenshots of the Instagram profile “bwood.821” and connected the account to TCSO Deputy Brandon Woodhouse. Screenshots of the Instagram profile captured other posts that include what appears to be a TCSO badge and Woodhouse wearing his uniform.
The controversial meme consists of a still taken from the video of Floyd’s death. Instead of Minnesota law enforcement officer Derek Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground, an image of a deceased pornographic actor has been superimposed so that he appears to be sitting on Floyd’s head. Above the image are the words “Quit resisting.” The caption composed by Woodhouse reads “First Amendment there Instagram ;)”.
Sheriff Saxon provided Redheaded Blackbelt with his statement given to the Trinity County Board of Supervisors regarding the deputy’s social media post. He explained that “Late yesterday, it came to my attention that a member of my department may have posted an inappropriate item on their social media account.” Initial responses to the media he described as “generic” because he has learned “that you can’t always trust what you see on the internet.” Upon investigating the social media posts, Sheriff Saxon said, “Unfortunately, I discovered this post was from one of my deputies.”
Sheriff Saxon apologized saying “I want to apologize to the board and the people of Trinity County for the inappropriate, discriminatory photo that was uploaded to the employee’s account.” He hoped the public would remember “that this is not the feeling representative of the men and women of Trinity County Sheriff’s Office. We are here to serve and protect all people…no matter what…because everyone matters.”
Sheriff Saxon said he does not “condone the actions of this employee” and accepted responsibility saying simply, “I am the Sheriff.”
Here is the TCSO press release regarding the deputy’s social media post:
June 2, 2020
On June 1, 2020, late in the day, the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of an inappropriate post made by a Deputy on their private social media account.
An investigation was immediately initiated, during which time the Deputy was placed on administrative leave.
We apologize for the inappropriate and discriminatory actions of this Deputy, and want to reassure our community that the actions of this employee, in no way reflects the sentiment of the men and women of the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office to the public we serve.
As Law Enforcement Agency, we are held to a higher standard; honor, integrity, and commitment is our goal as an office. We are here to serve and protect all people, no matter what, because everyone matters.
Trinity County Sheriff’s Office