Update: EMS deputy director fired after racially charged Facebook post

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Updated, Friday
A deputy emergency services director in Raleigh has been fired after a photo posted on social media about a proposed border wall drew outrage.

The Raleigh County Office of Emergency Services says in a news release that deputy director Mark Wilson was fired Thursday, days after he had been suspended.

Wilson's Facebook post shows a photo of a man in front of decapitated heads on a wall. The caption reads, "Be thankful Donald Trump is building the wall! Mine would look more like this." The photo shows the heads of people who are dark skinned and of non-European descent.

Wilson didn't respond to a request for comment.

Original Story, Sunday
A deputy 911 director has been placed on administrative leave following an investigation into a racially charged Facebook post.

According to Beckley-Raleigh County Emergency Services Director John Zilinski, the department has placed Deputy Director Mark Wilson on leave during an investigation.

In the post, Mark Wilson posted a photo of a white male standing in front of a wall with heads of deceased people hanging from the wall with the caption "BE THANKFUL DONALD TRUMP IS BUILDING THE WALL!," the post continues. "MINE WOULD LOOK MORE LIKE THIS!"

Zelinski's statement reads in full;

"We have started an investigation and Mr. Wilson has been placed on administrative leave. Raleigh County Emergency Services Authority has a mission to protect the life and property of the residents of our county and its visitors. We are an agency to promote peace and well-being for all people regardless of Race, Religion, Sex, Age, Handicap, Political or Religious beliefs or National Origin.”

It is unclear what the investigation consists of and how long Wilson could be placed on leave.



 
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