Corrections officer relieved of duty over social media posts

Corrections officer relieved of duty over social media posts

SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - A Shelby County corrections officer was relieved of duty after posting some offensive material on social media.

Jail Sgt. Marcus Twilla, who has been on the force since 2001, was relieved of duty with pay pending an investigation.

Twilla posted several memes on his Facebook page that included the N-word and other unsavory language. The posts, which are a violation of Shelby County Sheriff's Office social media policy, have since been deleted.

SCSO's social media policy states employees are prohibited from writing anything on social media that expresses bias against any race.

"They need to get rid of him!" Reginald Coleman said.

In one of the racially charged posts, he wrote about the inmates he's responsible for protecting and guarding. He critiqued their parenting accompanied by a meme with the N-word.

"l think it's very unprofessional for a person to say because we have too much racial division going on in the city of Memphis anyway," said Marcus Smith, who was once incarcerated at the county jail.

Smith admitted he's been locked up at 201 Poplar for unpaid parking tickets, but he said he was never mistreated due to his race.

He called the posts that appeared on Sgt. Twilla's Facebook a fireable offense.

"It's heart moving to read, to know that people still think like this and that they will post hideous things of this nature," Smith said.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office social media policy states while on or off-duty what employees say or post "is not protected speech under the First Amendment and may form the basis for discipline."

We went to Sgt. Twilla's home to get his side of the story, but only his mother was home.

"He loves his job, he loves everybody," she said.

His mom said that the post was taken out of context.

SCSO officials said Twilla has had no previous personnel issues.

County investigators are still deciding if these posts violate the office's social media policy. You can read that policy below:

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