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Alameda County Democrats Slam County Sheriff’s Department for Retweeting Neo-Nazi in Wake of Charlottesville Terror Attack
Calls for the ouster of Department Spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly from social media accounts
Hayward, CA – The Alameda County Democratic Party calls for the immediate reassignment of the Alameda County Sherriff’s Department Spokesman Sergeant Ray Kelly following his retweet on the official Department’s Twitter account of a Neo-Nazi response to the Charlottesville tragedy this past weekend.
In an East Bay Express article published today, Kelly called the retweet a mistake, stating that he was simply trying to close a window within the platform and stating “I’m not a social media guru by any means”.
“It’s 2017, the person in charge of your official Twitter account should be expected to know how to use Twitter” said Robin Torello, Chair of the Alameda County Democratic Party.
This incident is the latest example of the Department’s approach towards the diverse communities in Alameda County, and ultimately the tone of the Department is set from the top.
In March of this year, Alameda County Sheriff, Republican Gregory Ahern, cosigned a letter in support of now Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a man with a demonstrated record of overt racism so severe that he was denied a judgeship in the 1980’s. Additionally, in late June, Sheriff Ahern became belligerent at a Berkeley town hall while trying to defend his actions in providing federal officials with information on the undocumented.
Furthermore, this is not the first time that the Department’s social media use has caused quite a stir. In May of this year, a photo posted on their official Facebook page went viral as the Department defended what appeared to be selective enforcement of quality-of-life crimes.
This latest incident fits what is becoming a disturbing pattern on behalf of the department.
If Sgt. Ray Kelly’s actions were truly in error, then the Alameda County Sherriff’s Department should take immediate steps to ensure this type of error never happens again.
“At a minimum, Sgt. Ray Kelly should be relieved from his duties with regards to the Department’s social media accounts, a person with demonstrated technical expertise should be put in charge of electronic communications, and a ‘101’ training on social media use should be conducted with the Department’s current Public Information Team”, continued Chair Torello.
“Given the Department’s recent history and actions by the current Sheriff and their PIO team, an apology alone will not suffice”.
For more information, visit www.acdems.org.