Tweets Get Ind. Official Fired

USA Today is reporting that a Deputy Attorney General in Indiana was fired earlier this week after urging police to use live ammunition on protesters in Wisconsin on Twitter. According to the article, Jeff Cox responded to a tweet posted by the magazine Mother Jones, and engaged in written back-and-forth that got quite heated. For more details, check out the original article that lead to Cox getting fired at Mother Jones.

Additional research shows that Cox has passionate political beliefs, as espoused on his blog and Twitter account, both of which are now closed. While such beliefs are perfectly acceptable in the US, a public official calling for such a response to protests is beyond the pale, and his former employer agreed, noting in a statement “We respect individuals’ First Amendment right to express their personal views on private online forums, but as public servants we are held by the public to a higher standard, and we should strive for civility.”


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