*A government official in Jonesboro, Arkansas will be punished for a comment he posted on Facebook regarding protesters marching against the recent police shootings of black men.
On Sunday, the demonstrators shut down a portion of Interstate 40 in Memphis, Arkansas.
In response, Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Director Wixon Huffstetler posted a comment with a picture of the I-40 protesters and the caption, “And they wonder why they are profiled.” He added the hashtag “#idiots”.
Regarding Huffstetler’s punishment, Jonesboro’s mayor said “appropriate action will be taken,” but didn’t specify what that might entail.
Huffstetler, meanwhile, apologized for his post in the following statement:
“I made a serious mistake using social media, and I apologize to each and every resident of Jonesboro. In a moment of frustration over the fact that a child could not get to medical attention because of a protest roadblock, I vented inappropriately and in a way that does not reflect my heart. In doing so, I hurt people I love, and offended many who don’t know me well and might not be willing to give me the benefit of the doubt. I apologize also to my staff in the Parks and Recreation Department and to Mayor Harold Perrin.”
Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin issued the following statement about the post:
“I am disappointed in the decision to post this comment on social media,” stated Mayor Perrin. “It contradicts the opinions and attitudes of the City of Jonesboro, and I will not abide any action, intended or unintended, that insults or damages our citizens. Appropriate action will be taken.”