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Arkansas fire department fires employee after Facebook post suggesting anthem kneelers should be shot

By Scott Carroll

This article was published September 26, 2017 at 11:07 a.m.



A northeast Arkansas fire department fired an employee Tuesday over a Facebook post that said athletes who don't stand for the national anthem should be killed.

The post said that President Donald Trump should "post snipers at every game and each player that takes a knee or sits in the lockerroom" during the national anthem "should b shot in the head." The post said that people "out here protesting and makin idiots out of urselves" should also be shot.

A screenshot showed the post appeared under an account bearing the name Jonathan Marotti.

The Earle Fire Department said in a statement Tuesday morning that Jonathan Marotti, who had worked for the department for at least four years, had been fired from that agency.

Assistant Chief John Buford said Marotti had violated the agency's social media policy. The policy bans employees from posting anything that may reflect poorly on the department.

"You devalue human life by making a comment like that," Buford said.

The post appeared after players across the NFL kneeled during the national anthem this week in silent protest of racial injustice. Some teams stayed in locker rooms during the national anthem.

Several players said they kneeled in defiance to Trump, who had called on team owners to fire "son of bitch" players who protest during the anthem.

League officials widely condemned Trump's comments as divisive.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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RBear says... September 26, 2017 at 11:56 a.m.

And this is what happens when Trump tries to rile the base. The base responds with stupidity which leads to job terminations. This is unfortunate, but necessary by the part of the Earle FD. I applaud them for taking the action required.

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YoungHog says... September 26, 2017 at 12:07 p.m.

the BASE IS TRASH.. the METH AND uneducated fight for a dumb as cause. Free speech is real as is the right to not STAND, or pledge

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haphog says... September 26, 2017 at 12:48 p.m.

Good gosh!! This comment was by a man who obviously loves his country!! We take things too seriously too much of the time. I am sure the fellow did not really mean what he said; he is probably frustrated about the ridiculous political stands by some idiots who do not follow the protocol dictated by the NFL: stand facing the flag, helmet under left arm, and hand over your heart. Without knowing this man, I am sure we would agree on many things!

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itryed says... September 26, 2017 at 12:52 p.m.

Agree with RBear

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JakeTidmore says... September 26, 2017 at 12:56 p.m.

To suggest something as heinous as hiring snipers to kill people does not speak well of Republicans in general and specifically to the shameful, horrendous thoughts (and deeds) of those who blindly follow the rantings of Trump.
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Trump must go. He is becoming hazardous to our democracy and to good order. Republicans stand guilty of unleashing a mad man on this nation. They have imperiled our country, our Constitution, and our citizens.

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NewsJunkie01 says... September 26, 2017 at 12:57 p.m.

Good decision.

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JakeTidmore says... September 26, 2017 at 12:59 p.m.

hapete - you do not love your country and threaten to kill its citizens. To stand with such lunacy speaks poorly of your intelligence and your patriotism. Freedom of expression is a core right in this democracy. To accept less is un-American.
Do NOT applaud violence and threats against your fellow citizens. Lowlifes do that kind of crap.

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NWABlkMale says... September 26, 2017 at 1:52 p.m.

As a member of the fire department, the expectation is that firemen would protect the lives of others, not threaten the lives of others. Sad. The Earle Fire Department definitely did the right thing. No one's life should be threatened for taking a non-violent stance regarding the unfair treatment of American citizens. Mr. Marotti was completely wrong for threatening the lives of others.

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RBear says... September 26, 2017 at 3:21 p.m.

Hap, it’s funny you say hand over heart. Ever see Trump during the National Anthem?

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3WorldState1 says... September 26, 2017 at 3:54 p.m.

Maybe Berkeley can make a safe space for all of these right wing snowflakes. Hopefully they can learn something too, while they're there.

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