Dec 1 2015
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: An internal investigation has been launched into a profanity-laden anti-Muslim Facebook rant that a sheriff allegedly posted last week.
NEW JERSEY sheriff rants against Muslims in profanity-filled Facebook post, but says he would protect ‘the good ones’ (if only he could find any).
NJ.com Alex Pino of the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office is in hot water after posting his rant on Facebook in response to a friend’s comment.He later deleted the comment but someone took a screen shot of it.
“(EXPLETIVE) THE KORAN (EXPLETIVE) THE MUSLIMS (EXPLETIVE) THE TERRORIST. TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT. (EXPLETIVE) ON THE MOSQUES. TEAR THEM ALL DOWN. WE SCCOMMODATE (sic) TOO MANY OF THOSE PEOPLE HERE. FOLLOW OUR KAWS (sic) IN PLACE,” he also said.
In an interview with NJ Advance Media, Pino said he is a disabled veteran of the Iraq war who was deployed three times.
He said he is remorseful about his comment, which he posted “in the heat of the moment” and in “defense mode” in response to one of his Facebook friend’s comments. However, he said that it was being blown out of proportion. Rather than threatening others, he said, he was “defending myself and the people in the line of duty and my fellow veterans who gave their lives.”
“We’re entitled to our opinions, and I had mine. I’m tired of being bashed all the time,” he said. “I’m in fear for my life… I have to protect my family, my children. I can’t take them to a movie theatre because I’m afraid about what’s going to happen.”
He said that “of course I would protect (Muslims), you know, the good ones, not the extremists.” (How do you tell the difference?) Pino also said he wasn’t making his comment as a police officer but making a “general statement” as a private citizen. “I do my job and I do it great,” he said. “I did serve my country, and I served it well.”
Pino, who defended his right to free speech, joins a growing list of public figures who have come under fire for their Facebook commentary about Muslims.