North Dakota jail deputy placed on leave over 'insensitive' social media post

The post drew the attention of Native Lives Matter.
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Cass County Jail

A jail deputy in Cass County, North Dakota, has been placed on administrative leave while an internal investigation is carried out into an "insensitive social media post" she allegedly made.

The Cass County Sheriff's Office says it was made aware of the post on Sunday afternoon, saying it came from a "non-licensed correctional deputy."

While it didn't describe the contents of the post, the sheriff's office says it was sent from the deputy's personal social media account and that it had "drawn the attention of Native Lives Matter and others who viewed it."

On Facebook, images and video have been shared of the post, which show the deputy mimicking a stereotypical Native American accent, while suggesting that every time a Native American gets behind the wheel of a car, they end up at a liquor store.

In a response to a commenter, the deputy clarified that she is not a Native American herself.

"Due to the content, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office immediately placed the employee on administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation regarding this incident," the sheriff's office said.

"The Cass County Sheriff’s Office does not condone behavior, conduct and/or comments that are derogatory in nature and we expect all employees to maintain a high level of professionalism, both on and off duty, at all times."

Native Lives Matter became aware of the post and encouraged people to call the sheriff's office and complain.

Ali Enno shared the offending video that was posted by the deputy on Facebook.

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