Texas probation employee criticized for Facebook post about George Floyd’s death

Texas probation employee under fire after Facebook post about George Floyd’s death

SAN ANTONIO — A Texas adult probation employee is under fire after a Facebook post that referenced the death of George Floyd, who died May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer put his knee on the man’s neck for nearly nine minutes.

Bexar County officials on Monday confirmed the employee, Kenneth Saville, is a licensed chemical dependency counselor with the Community Supervision and Corrections Department, KSAT reported.

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The post. which was made last week, includes a photograph of the late actor, Heath Ledger, in his role as the Joker from the 2008 film, “The Dark Knight,” the television station reported.

The post reads: “Black football player takes a knee, everyone praises him. White cop takes a knee, everyone loses their minds.”

The first part of the post appears to be referencing former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled during the national anthem before games to protest police brutality. The latter part of the post appears to reference the actions of Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, who was fired Tuesday and then charged with third=degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

“The CSCD prohibits racist conduct, conduct that promotes violence and, or unethical conduct,” Jarvis Anderson, the agency’s director, wrote in an email to WOAI.

An independent autopsy released Monday found that Floyd died from "asphyxiation from sustained pressure.”

Bexar County officials on Monday declined to say what discipline Saville could face, KSAT reported.

“The Bexar County CSCD respects the First Amendment rights of its employees as provided by law. Given the confidential nature of this employee matter, I am unable to comment on any specific determination that has been made as to Mr. Saville’s conduct,” Anderson wrote in an email to KSAT.

Saville did not respond to a request for comment sent to his Facebook page, the television station reported.