Sheriff's Deputy Resigns After Selfie Goes Viral

Deputy John Luttrell resigned after sheriff's department completed its investigation

Knox County, Kentucky - A Knox County sheriff’s deputy resigned after he posted a picture on social media of himself posing with a “thumbs up” next to an unconscious woman in a car with the caption, “Another day at work.”

Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith was made aware of the picture Nov. 14 and began an internal investigation, Kentucky.com reported. Deputy John Luttrell resigned after the investigation, the news site stated.

"The Sheriff's office is committed to providing professional, transparent service to the people of Knox County, and will hold all of its employees to that standard,” Smith told the Mountain Advocate.

Police didn’t release any information on why the woman appeared to be unconscious or the nature of events that led Deputy Luttrell to the scene.

Social media reaction was mixed on the Facebook post made by Kentucky.com.

“Good news: you got more shares than other picture you’ve ever posted,” said a Jenny Schnurr on the Kentucky.com Facebook page. “Bad news: your boss saw it and you don’t come out looking great. Oops.”
Wrote a Tom Wilson: “I don’t understand how he can get fired for that. He didn’t do anything wrong.”
A Glenda Amon replied to Wilson’s post: “His job isn’t to post pics on social media. His job is to protect and serve.”

“He violated the public trust and company policy,” said a Jenny Sa.

“Because a medical professional doesn’t post selfies of diabetes amputees, nor lung cancer stge 4, hospice patients?” a Nicole Lindon wrote.

“Shouldn’t lose your job over that,” a Donald Stump added.

Do you think that this deputy should have been forced to resign over the selfie? We'd like to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments.

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louisecompanion
louisecompanion

I've seen worse. One LEO posted a mangled vehicle which took someone's life. He was the first responder. He said this is why you don't speed. A person died. Not the best choice to promote an anti-speeding post.

LEO0301
LEO0301

The punishment seems a little harsh unless there is more to the story.

LMW
LMW

No, he should be reprimanded but losing his job, no. I bet if a black officer did it to a white woman never a word would be heard.

bronx163
bronx163

Should be suspended not fired or force to resign. Savages on street are treated better. American policing is finished. Far left has destroid last frontier.

Garfix
Garfix

It depends, was the face obscured in his post? If so, then no. If it was clear and the person could be identified, yes. At any rate, he should have been suspended without pay for two weeks as an example that this type of behavior cannot be condoned and even when the public does something stupid, you must show respect, not ridicule.