The Rogers County Sheriff’s Department hired former Tulsa police officer Wayne Brown as a detention officer today, following his termination from the Tulsa force in early September.
Claremore Progress (h/t Jane H) Tulsa Police Department fired Brown following the discovery of anti-Islam posts on his personal Facebook page between 2013 and 2016, three years before he was hired on by TPD.
Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said Brown was chosen from three candidates who applied for an open position at the county jail. “Hands down, we all felt that he was the best candidate,” Walton said.
Brown was chosen because of his CLEET certification, saving the county 16 weeks of paid training, and positive references from previous employers, Walton said. Brown is also a Rogers County resident who has lived in Claremore since age 12.
One of Brown’s tweets from 2013 was in reference to CAIR-sponsored ‘Muslim Day’ takeover of the Texas Capital Building:
Walton said the department performed an even more extensive background check than usual given recent events. “If I had any inclination that Wayne Brown had a racist bone in his body, we would never have had a conversation about this job. That would be the end of the story,” Walton said.
From a CAIR-Oklahoma press release:
Screenshots show that Brown shared posts in 2013 from the “Oklahoma Volunteer Militia” that supported the Three Percenters movement, a group described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as loosely organized gun owners “who vow to resist gun control laws with force if necessary.”
In another post, Brown shared a meme of a bald eagle in front of an American flag with the caption: “Waterboarding is when we baptize the terrorists with freedom.”
Brown also shared another meme featuring a clenched fist with the caption, “Pledge to my family, flag and country, when the day comes I will fight to my last breath before I submit to Islam.”