Sheriff Says ‘All Lives Splatter’ Facebook Post was Accidental

A meme posted on the Chelan County Emergency Management page encouraging killing protesters receives backlash on social media.

“All Lives Splatter” is the title of a meme that a Chelan County Emergency Management employee shared on the department’s Facebook page on Monday — the 16th anniversary of 9/11 — and three weeks after a vehicular murder took place at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. The image features an SUV running over three protesters and includes the text: “Nobody Cares About Your Protest.”

Brian Burnet / Chelan County Sheriff’s Office

According to Brian Burnett, sheriff of Chelan County, Wash., the “All Lives Splatter” meme, which mimics “Black Lives Matter,” was sent to an employee’s personal Facebook account and then the employee accidentally posted it to the Emergency Management page. The page is typically used to provide public safety information.

“Staff at the Chelan County Emergency Management feel terrible that this inappropriate and hurtful post made it onto the Facebook page,” Burnett said in a statement. “The posting was removed as soon as staff realized the error. Changes have already been made in procedure to assure nothing like this will occur in the future.

“This post does not reflect the views of the sheriff’s office and we trust the public will continue to follow us during emergency situations on our Chelan County Emergency Management Facebook page.”

According to a county document, Burnett heads the department:

“Chelan County has appointed the sheriff to head the Emergency Management Office and he in turn has appointed an assistant director. Cities within Chelan County have contracted with Chelan County for Emergency Management Services.”

The Yakima Herald obtained a screenshot of the post before it was deleted. A message with the posting said, “I don’t wish harm to anyone … but protesters don’t belong in the road!” The meme originated from a Facebook page named “Libtards; ya gotta love ‘em.”

The Libtards; ya gotta love ’em!  Facebook page is active, but there is no information available regarding who runs the page. Monday’s “All Lives Splatter” post is no longer on the feed.

But a moderator posted the following message on Sept. 8 celebrating 50,000 Facebook likes:

Burnett has not identified the employee, nor mentioned if any disciplinary action would take place. Emergency Management shared Burnett’s post on their Facebook page. Posts usually share safety information on smoke conditions, for example, and evacuation levels during wildfires in Chelan County, which has more than 70,000 residents and is located about 100 miles east of Seattle.

A Facebook commenter said the employee should be fired. In response, Emergency Management, seemingly the employee who shared the post, replied that the meme was meant to be shared with a cousin:

Commenters also made a parallel between the meme and the act of domestic terrorism in Charlottesville that resulted in the death of Heather Heyer:

White supremacist groups, including neo-Nazis, held a “Unite the Right” protest in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. Heyer, 32, a paralegal who colleagues said was devoted to social justice, was killed when a white supremacist, James Fields, plowed his car into counter-protesters, also injuring 19 others. Fields, a 20-year-old Ohio man, has been charged with her murder.

“They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well guess what? You just magnified her,” Heyer’s mother Susan Bro said during a memorial service on Aug. 16.

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“They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well guess what? You just magnified her,” Heather Heyer’s mother told attendees.

The “All Lives Splatter” meme reflects how the right to protest has come under fire. In April, Maina Kiai and David Kaye, U.N. experts on freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, warned a trend in proposed state bills to restrict the right to protest, including making it legal to run over protesters blocking traffic, is incompatible with international human rights. Kiai and Kaye said ending the right to peaceful protests infringes upon U.S. constitutional rights.

In January, North Dakota lawmakers introduced House Bill 1203, which states that unintentionally running over a person obstructing traffic can be lawful:

“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a driver of a motor vehicle who unintentionally causes injury or death to an individual obstructing vehicular traffic on a public road, street, or highway, is not guilty of an offense.”

Rep. Keith Kempenich (R-Bowman), a co-sponsor of the bill, admitted it was created in response to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in southern Morton County, according to the Bismarck Tribune. Native Americans led the protests.

“It’s shifting the burden of proof from the motor vehicle driver to the pedestrian,” Kempenich said.

The bill was voted down 40-51 by House lawmakers in February.

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  • Canned and seemingly insincere responses appear to be the status quo for all sides now a days. “Staff at the Chelan County Emergency Management feel terrible that this inappropriate and hurtful post made it onto the Facebook page,” Burnett said in a statement” So the only concern is that it made it onto the Facebook page to been seen by the community they serve?

  • It doesn’t matter if the post was intended between individuals or related to different protestors – it reflects a kind of brutality joking, that is horrible in its ability to gather allies who will laugh at the joke part – I get the joke and play on words – I used to do that when I was 10. Remember the use of the disabled ball player as third base. Play on words. But even casual jokes can include a cruelty deeply hurtful and frightening to people who are targeted, and the message itself includes a deliberate mocking of the wishes, values, worries of other people – not to mention lives.

    There is a history of blindness of people allied with white leaders on “the top” of the heap of cultures who took over and then planned development of this country and that is what people in bottom groups try to bring to light – they are not vindictive nor trying to replace or eliminate cops or people in other groups – they are saying they have been hurt, damaged, and underestimated, it is time to learn about each other, so we can respect each other.

    I don’t know what should happen to that employee, something – personally I’d be happy with a $500 fine, for I think people all over do speak without full awareness of damage caused. Needs to be enough to show discredit and disapproval, and then everyone keep learning as we speak. If there is something one wants to say, find ways to develop and say it, and stay close enough to hear the response – how else do people learn about each other?

  • Great. It was voted down by only 11 votes. How can 40 people think it is okay to run over and kill a protester and blame the protester? Does that sound right?

  • The post may have been accidental, but the belief and attitude behind it are real. No one would share anything like this if he/she didn’t actually believe it. Shameful… The sheriff and the person who posted this should be relieved of duty.

    • Michael J. "Orange Mike" Lowrey

      Any cousin of mine who thought I would find this murderous vileness amusing, would be off my friends-list so fast it would make your head swim.

    • I totally agree – particularly when a officer of the “law” thinks that way. This is the one positive of the Trump effect, people are “outing” themselves and their racist views.

      Unfortunately, there are many among us as evidenced by the number of “likes” the post received.

  • so let me get this straight, if that bill had passed, I wouldn’t be held liable if I ran over anti-abortion protesters, white supremacists and nazis that were standing in the road in my right of way?

      • Oh no no no, that would be different. There would be outrage. Shameless hypocrisy is the prerogative of the triumphant bullies. The so-called “libtards” still have a conscience, moral scruples, integrity, a heart and mind, and it handcuffs us in the face of these smug monsters. And that is what they are. I’m getting tired of this “we need to stop calling them names and try to talk to them” crap. They just laugh while we pour the tea and set out the cookies. Winners don’t need to extend the hand of friendship.

  • “Changes have already been made in procedure to assure nothing like this will occur in the future.” Perhaps a change in hiring procedures would be better than making sure ignorant employees, first responders no less, are no longer able to post their hate. Just a thought.

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