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2nd Columbia firefighter being investigated for Facebook remarks about protesters

Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins
Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins Special to The State

A second Columbia firefighter is under internal investigation for a threatening Facebook posting aimed at Black Lives Matter protesters, chief Aubrey Jenkins said Tuesday.

“Start running people over,” the firefighter wrote on a personal Facebook thread related to Sunday’s protest that drew 800 people to the State House and streets in the city center. The crowd marched to the Interstate-126 bridge and shut it to traffic until police ordered them to retreat.

Fire chief Aubrey Jenkins said he plans to meet Wednesday with the male firefighter, whom Jenkins declined to identify publicly. The firefighter’s remarks were posted during the demonstration that began about 7 p.m. and lasted well into the night.

Jenkins said he will decide after the meeting whether the latest threatening comments from a firefighter will result in termination as Jenkins announced Monday involving veteran fire Capt. James Morris.

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