UPDATE: 8:25 p.m., Friday, June 5, 2020 - The Trinity County Sheriff's Office has announced Deputy Brandon Woodhouse is no longer with the sheriff's department.
After an internal investigation, the office said Woodhouse is no longer employed by the department, effective June 5.
"The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office will not tolerate the behavior of this nature by any of its employees," the office said in a Facebook post. "Every report of discrimination will be investigated thoroughly and objectively."
TRINITY COUNTY, Calif. – A Trinity County Sheriff’s Deputy has been put on administrative leave after making an inappropriate post on social media of George Floyd.
Action News Now saw the photo posted, after a viewer sent it to our team. It appears to be a meme of the death of George Floyd. Out of respect to our viewers, George Floyd, and his family, Action News Now has chosen to not post the photo.
The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office took to Facebook apologizing for the actions of the deputy.
“We apologize for the inappropriate and discriminatory actions of this Deputy, and want to reassure our community that the actions of this employee, in no way reflects the sentiment of the men and women of the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office to the public we serve,” said Trinity County Sheriff’s deputies in a post. “As Law Enforcement Agency, we are held to a higher standard; honor, integrity, and commitment is our goal as an office. We are here to serve and protect all people, no matter what, because everyone matters.”
On Tuesday, the state of Minnesota filed a human rights complaint against the Minneapolis Police Department in the death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes, even after he stopped moving.
Gov. Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights announced the filing at a news conference Tuesday. Widely seen bystander video showing Floyd’s death has sparked protests around the world. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has been fired and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Three other officers involved were fired but have not been charged.