Jesse Jones, a Spalding County sheriff’s deputy, was fired Monday for extremist comments online.
Jones’ online profile on the gaming platform Steam included the motto, “Hitler did nothing wrong.” Jones also connected on Steam with far-right profiles including one featuring a profile picture of Dylann Roof, the convicted mass murderer accused of the 2015 racially motivated slaying of black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., with a similar black sun design superimposed over it.
Both Costner and Jones had been with the sheriff’s office for less than a year. Dix said Costner had some minor disciplinary problems, but neither man did anything to reveal extremist tendencies.
“No use of force, nothing where there were claims of him violating people’s civil rights or mistreating (people),” he said.
A woman claiming to be Costner’s mother said her son’s online comments do not reflect who she believes him to be as a person.
The AJC is seeking comment from Costner and Jones. Return to AJC.com for updates.