By Jesslyn Blake | Black Rifle United–July 21, 2019
The Walker County Sheriff’s Office sought to shame Facebook critics on Saturday with a lengthy and scathing post about a new division within the department created especially for them.
“Keeping in line with the restructuring of the Sheriff’s Office, we have created a new division within the department. Effective immediately, citizens will be able to earn this Walker County Sheriff’s Office Keyboard Warrior badge anytime they use social media to post something that’s absolutely ridiculous,” the post began.
“We will no longer engage in fruitless back and forth arguing with people who say ridiculous things. We will simply issue the badge, and move along. The criteria to qualify as a WCSO Keyboard Warrior is as follows:
*Absolutely no law enforcement experience whatsoever
*The ability to completely ignore factual information and continually operate in the world of fiction and/or the past
*The ability to form your own ridiculous opinion and then force that opinion down other people’s throats, no matter how many times you’re proved wrong.
*Must know how to do everyone’s job better than they do, even though you’ve never done them
*The ability to NEVER admit you’re wrong, even when there is glaring evidence that you are, indeed, wrong
*The ability to talk passionately about things you heard from someone else and/or just completely made up in your own head
*Must have an appallingly closed mind with the inability to accept positive change and to always point out the negative in any situation
We look forward to identifying our local Keyboard Warriors and can’t wait to make even more of our citizens feel like a part of our department,” the post concluded.
It was not well-received. As the page admin proceeded to do exactly what they claimed they weren’t going to do (engage in pointless arguing), the result was thousands of reactions, comments, and shares. Photo comments are enabled on the post to allow the “keyboard warrior” badge to be awarded, so many people chose to express their distaste in meme form. If the post continues to pick up steam, it could make national headlines.
Alabama sheriffs are already in hot water with the public over allegations that emerged when many of their successors took office this year. Walker County Sheriff Nick Smith discovered his predecessor, Jim Underwood, had used the discretionary fund to purchase an unreasonable amount of black rubber gloves, costing $9000, along with several vehicles, including a $32,000 Toyota Camry.
Hopefully, the lack of professionalism now displayed by WSCO is a relic of the old regime. Sheriff Nick Smith may yet be held accountable for the actions of his department, if he has not directly sanctioned them.