2 Asheville Workers On Leave For Facebook Comments

Asheville city officials say a civilian police employee who posted profane Facebook comments about Occupy Asheville protesters and another city employee who joked about a comment online have been put on administrative leave.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (http://avlne.ws/tb4Iu9) that forensics specialist Lynn Fraser and community relations team member Melissa Williams were placed on leave while officials review their actions.

City manager Gary Jackson says he can't estimate how long the employee reviews will take.

Police say Fraser complained about the protesters in profane terms on her personal Facebook page and dismissed their suggestions that videotaping them was violating their Constitutional rights. In her reply, Williams repeated the profanity and added "LMAO."

Williams apologized Monday, saying she realizes it was inappropriate to joke about sensitive issues. Fraser hasn't commented.

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  • by obamanot on Nov 9, 2011 at 05:07 PM
    obama and his chronies has taken the patriot ack to the extreme.We need somebody like George Bush back.
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Nov 9, 2011 at 05:06 PM
    The key word's in this story are "on her personal Facebook page". It was her FB page and NOBODY has any business saying ANYTHING about what someone puts on their OWN FB page...OR ANY OTHER PAGE THAT THEY CREATED. Heck. I know a man and woman who dis-owned their own daughter because the daughter was tired of seeing her mother and father spending outrageous amounts of time with her sisters kids, but they never spent time with her kids. She removed her sister from her FB friends list, just so she would not have to see the pictures, (and prevent her kids from seeing the pictures of their grandparents spending so much time with their cousins). Her parents told her that her sister had a right to post the pictures, and she does have that right. BUT! The other daughter had a right to remove her sister from her friends list to protect her kids.....without repercussion. After all. It's just a page on the internet....not life and death. She has moved on with her life.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 9, 2011 at 01:37 PM
    You are a moron if you post your personal agenda or hateful comments on facebook. Think about what you do and what you say people, because we all are being watched.
  • by For Real? Location: ENC on Nov 9, 2011 at 12:11 PM
    The left-wingers in this country are becoming more communist every day! This is so ridiculous. What happened to privacy? This is still a free country (at least for awhile)!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 9, 2011 at 11:03 AM
    I agree, this is completely in violation of these employees' free speech rights. Those of us who work for the public aren't supposed to have opinions, I guess...or if we do, we're supposed to keep them quiet. This is one reason why I don't have a Facebook or MySpace page, and never will.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Nov 9, 2011 at 10:36 AM
    video taping them is not violating their rights if they are outside in clear view of the public. if u dont believe me , ask New Hanover county deputy about him trying to make someone stop using his camera in public!! i will tell you, these low life lazy thugs that are raping women, destroying property, urinating on help wanted signs, on police cars and fighting, stealing are the worse than who they are protesting against!! go occupy a place of employment, if you cant find a job then vote obama out.
  • by anon on Nov 9, 2011 at 10:31 AM
    was in Asheville last week and they had wall street protesters up there. They are a very left wing area there. facebook is on their time. i would consult an attorney about this if i were them.
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      by The Borg on Nov 9, 2011 at 12:41 PM in reply to anon
      That's why they were admonished for criticizing the Occupy crowd...it's Asheville. I guess if they made comments about the ongoing Herman Cain incident, they would have been promoted.
  • by Enough Location: Greenville on Nov 9, 2011 at 09:50 AM
    What ever became of "freedom of speech?"
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      by Obama Snake Oil co on Nov 9, 2011 at 11:40 AM in reply to Enough
      Its only free if you say what they want you to say and try not to think on your own...
  • by Taxpayer2 Location: ENC on Nov 9, 2011 at 09:46 AM
    Free Speech for "Occupiers" but none for what city employees say on their own time.....Asheville is just as crazy as those loons in Chapel Hill
  • by Anonymous on Nov 9, 2011 at 09:43 AM
    So let me get this right, as long as you're talking about a conservative you can call them whatever you want and say whatever you want about their beliefs, but God help you if you say it about a liberal? This was a personal page on personal time. Grow up Asheville!
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