Sheriff's office employees fired after mocking people with Down Syndrome

8 months 1 week 2 days ago Monday, April 01 2019 Apr 1, 2019 Monday, April 01, 2019 10:28:00 AM CDT April 01, 2019 in News
By: Steve Lambson, KOMU 8 News Content Manager, Kasia Kerridge, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

CALIFORNIA - Two people were fired from the Moniteau County Sheriff's Office over the weekend in response to "derogatory" Facebook posts.

Viewers sent KOMU 8 News screenshots of the posts, which have since been deleted, in which the employees appear to mock people with Down Syndrome.

In a press release, Sheriff Tony Wheatley said Dillon Davenport, who worked at the jail, and Lt. Kevin Morse were terminated. Wheatley said he "found the items posted to be offensive and showing very poor judgement." He added a statement that "we as law enforcement, need to hold ourselves to a higher standard than the general public and realize that everything we do has an effect on the citizens we serve."

Wheatley said they do not monitor all employees' social media accounts, but they do have a strict social media policy.

"In our position, we hold the public trust." said Wheatley. "The public trusts us to do our job correctly and when things like this come up, it tarnishes our reputation as a sheriff's office."

Tyler Davis went to high school with Davenport and saw the post after his family friend, who has fetal alcohol syndrome, showed him. Davis messaged Davenport, questioned his post and was later blocked by Davenport on Facebook. 

"I took it upon myself to let everyone know what was up," said Davis. "I did not expect it to take off like it did."

Davis' post has hundreds of comments and shares, and he said he got many messages asking to take the post down. His account was reported for profanity and was shutdown Sunday, but is back up Monday. 

He said although he wanted consequences, he didn't think the men would be terminated. 

"I didn't want it to come down to this," said Davis. "I wanted something to be done but this is just not a joking matter."

Davis said the disabled community can't speak out for themselves, so I felt the need to. Davis added Wheatley has handled this very well.

"I don't have anything against law enforcement," said Davis. "But I don't support people that wear a badge and do this kind of stuff." 

More News

Grid
List
BOONVILLE – Emergency crews continued the search for the body of missing Columbia woman Mengqi Ji Elledge early Tuesday morning... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, December 10 2019 Dec 10, 2019 Tuesday, December 10, 2019 9:14:00 AM CST December 10, 2019 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are poised to unveil two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump — abuse of... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, December 10 2019 Dec 10, 2019 Tuesday, December 10, 2019 8:24:09 AM CST December 10, 2019 in News
PRAGUE (AP) - Police and officials say six people have been killed and three wounded in a shooting in a... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, December 10 2019 Dec 10, 2019 Tuesday, December 10, 2019 5:33:57 AM CST December 10, 2019 in News
WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — Police say a person injured in a volcanic eruption in New Zealand has died in... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, December 10 2019 Dec 10, 2019 Tuesday, December 10, 2019 5:29:00 AM CST December 10, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department confirmed it was conducting a homicide investigation after a shooting at the Welcome Inn... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, December 10 2019 Dec 10, 2019 Tuesday, December 10, 2019 5:05:00 AM CST December 10, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Property owners of two buildings in the heart of Jefferson City are facing a deadline to either... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 6:39:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Gary Edge's son was the muscle at Cornerstone. The 15-year-old, who was placed in... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 4:42:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Board of Education voted on a new student seclusion, isolation and restraint policy at its meeting... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 4:09:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Authorities say a mid-Missouri couple is jailed after being charged with repeatedly locking a 9-year-old boy... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 3:44:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Five professors from the University of Missouri School of Law signed an open letter stating that President Donald... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 2:30:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Neapolitan pizza restaurant MidiCi closed its doors for good on Sunday after roughly 3 years in Columbia. ... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 2:14:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The number of people who are homeless in Missouri has decreased for five straight years: 2014-2018. ... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 2:13:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday regarding this question: Is abortion an appropriate subject... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 12:38:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri's health department has so far received three reports of flu-associated deaths as peak flu season begins. ... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 12:00:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
MEXICO - Similar to veterans homes across the nation, Missouri veterans homes are suffering from a shortage of staffing. ... More >>
1 day ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 9:59:00 AM CST December 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Starting Monday, the City of Columbia Municipal Court will offer a period of warrant amnesty. There will... More >>
1 day ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 3:30:00 AM CST December 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — The Moberly Police Department arrested a suspect accused of robbing a gas station at gun-point Saturday evening. ... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 08 2019 Dec 8, 2019 Sunday, December 08, 2019 9:50:00 PM CST December 08, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Tigers have found their new head football coach. Eli Drinkwitz from Appalachian State will lead... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 08 2019 Dec 8, 2019 Sunday, December 08, 2019 6:47:00 PM CST December 08, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 28°
12pm 34°
1pm 36°
2pm 37°
3pm 36°