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Sheriff's department lieutenant terminated over Facebook posts called racist

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Lt. Ron Williams (Source: Davidson County Sheriff's Department) Lt. Ron Williams (Source: Davidson County Sheriff's Department)
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He was with the department 18 years, working his way up to lieutenant, but the Davidson County Sheriff's Department has just terminated Lt. Ron Williams over two Facebook posts they call racist.

The posts attack people labeled as "Europeans" and claim they should have been killed or aborted.

One post reads in part, "Why do you waste your time trying to prove [expletive] to Europeans? Remember, I told you they lost their ability to feel human unless it's one of their own just like an animal. We should have aborted them when they transformed from the Grimaldi/Albinos tribe from Africa to Europeans."

A second post reads, "Remember, we are their mothers and fathers, and we should have killed them at birth. We didn't, so we have to deal with the curse."

Several sheriff's department employees are tagged in one of the posts.

In an apology letter to Sheriff Daron Hall, Williams is quoted as saying the posts were part of a debate with a Facebook friend over two unarmed black men killed by police officers.

The apology letter says in part, "The words I chose while ranting were distasteful and appeared to be biased and racist. It has happened, and I know it has had an impact on countless relationships I have built over the years. I can see the impact on people's faces even though they have not said one word to me. This hurts me deeply."

A letter by human resources responds to the apology saying, "Despite any attempt to erase or delete these postings, the harmful effects will always have an impact upon your subordinates, white or black."

The letter said Williams showed a disciplinary panel other examples of polarizing social media posts in the department. The letter claims the panel is looking into those posts, but none discussed killing or aborting people like Williams'.

Last year, Sgt. Travis Bertram of the department was accused of forwarding emails with racially charged jokes. Bertram was suspended for a day without pay.

The letter also claims two members of the panel recommended a 40-hour suspension and demotion for the lieutenant. That was based on a lack of disciplinary history. A third panel member recommended termination based on the intensity of what Williams is accused of posting.

Williams did not respond to messages and calls for comment Wednesday, but his apology letter said no one in the department would ever accuse him of racism or treating them unfairly.

Representatives for the sheriff's department declined to go on camera but sent in a statement stating:

In no way can the Davidson County Sheriff's Office (DSCO) tolerate employees who personally express their deep-seated hatred of another race. Mr. Williams was expected to maintain effective working relationships with other DSCO staff, inmates, and the public. His beliefs, which he shared openly with fellow employees, now prevent him from performing his job effectively and jeopardize the safety and security of the facility in which he worked.

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