NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — Former Jessamine County Deputy Sheriff Joshua Fite has resigned from the department after backlash from a controversial TikTok video posted on his personal account earlier this week.
Jessamine County Sheriff Kevin Corman released the following statement on Fite's resignation:
The Jessamine County Sheriff’s Office announces that Jashue Fire is no longer employed with the Jessamine County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Fite decided to tender his resignation from this agency on the afternoon of October 29th, 2020. Sheriff Corman immediately accepted the resignation by Mr. Fite at that time. The resignation of Mr. Fite is the result of his actions in a social media video that he took part in and share. The actions portrayed in the video do not reflect the values nor the code of this that deputies of this agency are required to uphold.
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 in the clip 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 department initially suspended Fite without pay on Wednesday and issued an apology condemning his actions.
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."
Fite was forced to remove the post on Tuesday, according to a Facebook post from the Jessamine County Sheriff's Office.