A Florida Republican has been given a paid vacation after making death threats at a state attorney.
Stan McCullars, assistant finance director at the Seminole County Clerk of Court and Comptroller’s Office, was placed on administrative leave with pay after posting comments on Facebook stating Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala should be lynched.
The statement comes in the wake of Ayala’s announcement that she would not seek death penalty for Markeith Lloyd or for any other murder case. Lloyd is accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and Orlando Lt. Debra Clayton in January. Ayala’s refusal to seek the death penalty, even in a cop slaying case, made national headlines and sparked instant backlash. Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered her to be removed from the case but Ayala filed a motion to stay the decision.
However, McCullars took his ire to a whole new level when he wrote on Facebook:
“Maybe SHE should get the death penalty,” adding “she should be tarred and feathered if not hung from a tree.”
McCullars later deleted his comment but not before the internet got wind of it.
Ayala is the first African-American state attorney in Florida, a state with a long history of lynching. In between 1877 and 1950, more than 331 black people were lynched by white folks in Florida, making it the state with the most lynchings per capita, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
So McCullars' comment couldn’t be construed as anything but racist and threatening. The post earned his swift condemnation form the world at large.
McCullars “invoked language recalling the despicable and heinous act of lynching directed towards the 9th District State Attorney. This overt act of racism...should not be tolerated. Nothing short of Mr. McCullars' termination will be acceptable. Language such as this is unacceptable in 2017,” posted the Orange County Democrats.
FL GOP official named Stan McCullars said state attorney, an African American woman, should be "hung fr a tree," for opposing death penalty pic.twitter.com/7PhIHn7FcO— dre nee (@MotownDR) March 21, 2017
Stan McCullars (@StanMcCullars). Bible-believing Christian.Christian? u want a woman tarred & feathered & hung! & she's African american— Beverly Klepac (@BAKlepac) March 20, 2017
Stan McCullars should have been fired for spewing hate with that racially charge comments. America is so sick and tired of Florida Politics. https://t.co/N2xq1e11ax— Keith Cates (@catesk1) March 22, 2017
Stan McCullars added that he isn't racist or anything,and hanging a black woman from a tree is just another PC thing to snowflakes @RawStory— Yankeesfan66 (@Rangersfan66) March 21, 2017
@Stan McCullers Thou Shalt Not Kill. Shame shame shame on you. Your generation is getting OLD and will be remembered only n a curious way.— Sandra Henry (@ScoolHenry) March 21, 2017
Obviously, McCullars replied with a non-apology after the condemnation.
“Yep. It was wrong of me to post that. I let my anger at her efforts to thwart justice get the best of me,” he posted on social media.
Grant Maloy, clerk of courts and comptroller, said the posts “don’t reflect [his] beliefs or the beliefs of the comptroller’s office,” adding that an investigation is ongoing and will determine disciplinary action for McCullars.
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