A county commissioner calling a civil rights icon a “racist pig” and referring to roughly half of his constituents as “a bunch of idiots.”
A magistrate court judge comparing those protesting Confederate monuments to ISIS.
Both have happened in Gwinnett County this year — and both incidents happened on Facebook.
The fallout from each situations was different. The commissioner, Tommy Hunter, has been publicly reprimanded and protests have flooded board meetings for more than seven months, but he’s vowed to remain in office. The judge, Jim Hinkle, was suspended and quickly resigned.
But both incidents raise the question: What, if anything, governments should do to try and prevent such public displays?
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