ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Florida assistant state attorney who made headlines two years ago for a social media post about “crack hoes” has been suspended after posting a Facebook statement that denounced Orlando as “a national embarrassment,” within hours of the Pulse nightclub attack.
WESH-TV was first to report that Ninth Judicial Circuit state attorney’s office spokeswoman Angela Starke says Kenneth Lewis was suspended Friday for violating the office’s social media policy.
The Sunday morning post slams downtown Orlando as dangerous and says the whole city “should be leveled.” He calls it “a melting pot of 3rd world miscreants and ghetto thugs.”
As police began their investigation Sunday into the Orlando nightclub massacre that left 49 dead and dozens more wounded in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Lewis posted the following statement to his personal Facebook page:
“Downtown Orlando has no bottom. The entire city should be leveled. It is void of a single redeeming quality. It is a melting pot of 3rd world miscreants and ghetto thugs. It is void of culture. If you live down there you do it at your own risk and at your own peril. If you go down there after dark there is seriously something wrong with you. Disney does everything in its power to shield visitors of Disney from its northern blight. That doesn’t change reality. Disney may be the happiest place on earth but Orlando is a national embarrassment. If this is an act of domestic terrorist it is so important that we don’t publish the religion, name, or motive of the terrorist as not to offend anyone.”
Lewis was temporarily reassigned in 2014 after another Facebook post using the term “crack hoes,” the station reports.
On Mother’s Day 2014, Lewis posted the following message on his personal Facebook page:
“Happy Mother’s Day to all the crack hoes out there. It’s never too late to turn it around. Tie your tubes. Clean up your life and make a difference to someone out there that deserves a better mother.”
Dawn Ennis contributed to this report.
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