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Jessamine County deputy sheriff suspended over 'degrading' social media post

Posted at 9:56 PM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 18:12:03-04

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — Jessamine County Deputy Sheriff Joshua Fite has been suspended without pay for his role in a parody video that appeared on the social media platform TikTok.

In the video, Fite and comedian Amiri King can be seen and heard mocking sexual orientation.

Fite claims that the pair of crocs he's holding is magical, because as he said, once you put them on, you will "turn gay." King then proceeds to put the crocs on his feet while appearing in several different articles of women's clothing.

The Jessamine County Sheriff's Office issued an apology condemning Fite's actions and did not indicate how long his suspension would last.

Fite offered an apology of his own, which included an explanation behind the video's conception.

"It was loosely based off three different scenarios," he said in his video apology, "either a libertarian/democrat, or a Hispanic person, or a gay man."

The Sheriff's office declined to comment on the matter, referring WLEX to the department’s written statement.

Fite was forced to remove the post on Tuesday, according to a Facebook post from the Jessamine County Sheriff's Office.