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EMS director in West Virginia suspended after Facebook post

February 3, 2019

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — An emergency services director in West Virginia says a deputy director has been suspended after a post on social media about a proposed border wall drew outrage.

News outlets report Raleigh County 911 director John Zilinski says in a statement that deputy director Mark Wilson was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Wilson’s Facebook post shows a photo of a man in front of decapitated heads on a wall. The caption reads, “Be thankful Donald Trump is building the wall! Mine would look more like this.” The photo shows the heads of people who are dark skinned and of non-European descent.

Trump has requested $5.7 billion to build about 235 miles (375 kilometers) of steel barriers along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Wilson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday.

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