Indiana Deputy Attorney General fired after Tweeting ‘Use live ammunition’ to Wisconsin protesters

By on Feb 25, 2011 in Internet, United States Comments

An Indiana Deputy Attorney General was fired from his job on Wednesday after tweeting ‘use live ammunition’, which was apparently as a response regarding Wisconsin protesters.

Jeffrey Cox tweet screenshot
Photo credit: MotherJones.com

As published at MotherJones.com, Jeffrey Cox, the Deputy Attorney General for Indiana Attorney General’s Office was fired after replying to a tweet, suggesting that authorities should ‘use live ammunition’ to Wisconsin protesters.

According to Adam Weinstein, the copy editor of Mother Jones, a political website, he posted a message on his Twitter account the update of the ongoing protests at Wisconsin.

“Sources in Madison say riot police have been ordered to clear protesters from capitol at 2 am,” Mother Jones tweets. Later, a certain Jeff Cox @ JCCentCom replied “use live ammunition”.

Apparently, Weinstein noted that the same Twitter account also send him a tweet, saying that he ‘advocate deadly force’.

On Sunday, Weinstein said he learned that the tweet came from Jeff Cox, the deputy attorney general of Indiana, who has represented the people of the state for 10 years and among the 144 attorneys in their office.

Meanwhile, below is the full email context send by Indiana Attorney General’s Office‘s spokesman Bryan Corbin to Mother Jones on Wednesday, apparently confirming that Jeff Cox is no longer connected with their agency.

“Today the Indiana Attorney General’s Office announced that Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Cox is no longer employed by this agency.

The Indiana Attorney General’s Office conducted a thorough and expeditious review after “Mother Jones” magazine today published an article attributing private Twitter postings and private blog postings to Cox.

Civility and courtesy toward all members of the public are very important to the Indiana Attorney General’s Office. We respect individuals’ First Amendment right to express their personal views on private online forums, but as public servants we are held by the public to a higher standard, and we should strive for civility.”



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