GA Sheriff Employees Fired Over Pro-Hitler, Nazi Online Comments

on January 24, 2011 in Miami, Florida.
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ATLANTA (AP) — Two employees of a Georgia sheriff’s office have been fired for online comments in which they sympathized with Hitler and touted the founder of the American Nazi Party.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix said Monday that detention officers Howard Costner and Jesse Jones no longer work for his office.

Their firings came after leftist group Atlanta Antifascists published online comments made by the two men.

The newspaper says that in one post, Costner described “racism as normal” and “not a bad thing” and expressed admiration for George Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party. Jones’ online profile on the gaming platform Steam included the motto, “Hitler did nothing wrong.”

Dix said the information “doesn’t fit what we want to represent to the community.”

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