Fire department captain fired over posts about protesters

A man holds up a sign saying “black lives matter” during a protest of shootings by police. Columbia fire department Capt. Jimmy Morris was fired Monday over two messages he posted on Facebook about Black Lives Matter protesters.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A Columbia fire department captain has been fired for posting on social media he would run over protesters if they were still blocking traffic when his shift ended.

Local media outlets report that Capt. Jimmy Morris was fired Monday over two messages he posted on Facebook about Black Lives Matter protesters.

The protesters closed an intersection near the South Carolina Statehouse and prompted the closing of a small stretch of Interstate 126 late Sunday. There were no arrests or injuries.

One post said the “idiots” blocking traffic “better not be there when I get off work or there is gonna be some run over dumb a----.”

Morris did not return several phone messages from The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins called the posts totally inappropriate.