MOUNT EATON — A village police officer was fired on the spot Friday for an apparent "off-handed remark" posted on his Facebook page related to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Police Chief John Foster said he terminated Officer Jeff Lewis after Lewis shared a cropped, black and white photo of Derek Chauvin. Chauvin is the Minneapolis police officer charged with murder for kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes — even after Floyd fell unconscious.

"Here’s where I lose more ‘friends,’" a post attributed to Lewis read. "Oh no... Whitey killed a black man. Nobody has a clue what lead up to this. Everyone has their MEDIA FORCED OPINION. Clearly this black man had the covid and that officer was preventing the spread."

Foster said he learned of the post, which has since been removed, around 2 p.m. Friday, and had fired Lewis by 4 p.m. Screenshots of the post had been extensively shared and commented on via social media by people who were upset, and who urged community members to call the police department and complain.

It appeared on Friday afternoon that Lewis’ profile had been removed from Facebook.

"We won’t condone this type of behavior or thoughts," Foster said. "By no means does his opinion reflect the feelings of the village of Mount Eaton or the Mount Eaton Police Department."

Lewis was a 10-year veteran of the department. Foster called the fired officer’s post a "momentary lapse in judgment" and said his job performance never reflected what he wrote in the post.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office was bombarded with calls from citizens complaining about the post, according to Capt. Doug Hunter. Calls to the Mount Eaton Police Department are directed to the Wayne dispatch center.

Mount Eaton is about 15 miles southeast of Wooster.

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