Texas prosecutor resigns over post comparing Black Lives Matter to the Nazis
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Texas prosecutor resigns over post comparing Black Lives Matter to the Nazis

Kaylynn Williford, who has served in her position since 1992, slammed for sharing post saying ‘Nazis tore down statues. Banned free speech. Institute gun control. Sound familiar?”

A demonstrator waves an American flag with "Black Lives Matter" spray painted on it near the White House in Washington, on June 19, 2020. (AP/Andrew Harnik)
A demonstrator waves an American flag with "Black Lives Matter" spray painted on it near the White House in Washington, on June 19, 2020. (AP/Andrew Harnik)

JTA — A prosecutor in the US state of Texas resigned Monday over her sharing of a Facebook post that compared demonstrators against racial injustice to Nazis.

Kaylynn Williford, a prosecutor in Harris County, which includes Houston, stepped down days after she shared the post from a Facebook page that has criticized the Black Lives Matter movement and praised US President Donald Trump, The New York Times reported.

Williford shared the post on Thursday and said she removed it shortly after, when someone pointed out how offensive it was.

Mauro Beltramini, a criminal defense lawyer in Houston, saved the post in a screenshot and posted it on Facebook. He told The New York Times he saw it on Friday.

פורסם על ידי ‏‎Mauro Beltramini‎‏ ב- יום שישי, 26 ביוני 2020

The post shows an image of hundreds of rings in a box, likely removed from a Nazi death camp. The caption reads: “Wedding bands that were removed from Holocaust victims prior to being executed, 1945. Each ring represents a destroyed family. Never forget, Nazis tore down statues. Banned free speech. Blamed economic hardships on one group of people. Institute gun control. Sound familiar?”

Williford in a statement emailed to the newspaper confirmed that she had shared the post, but had not intended to make a comparison to Black Lives Matter protests.

“What I interpreted as a post that promoted tolerance was taken in a completely different manner,” she said.

Williford has served as the trial bureau chief in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office since 1992, The Hill reported.

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