National Action Network's press conference on Thursday (Source: WCSC)
JAMESTOWN, SC (WCSC) -
The National Action Network held a press conference on Thursday calling for the Jamestown police chief to resign because of comments he made on Facebook.
Chief Jay High got into an argument on Facebook with a woman who says his comments were out of line and racist.
High says they were taken out of context.
"We feel in a community that is sixty percent black he can not serve this community with the attention that across this nation with the black community," said Elder James Johnson of NAN. "We feel Mr. High's statements are out of order and he doesn't have the facts."
The incident started when Lainey Sanders accepted a friend request on Facebook from High.
On Monday night, Sanders and High were on a mutual friend's Facebook page; Sanders goes by the name Lolo Velasquez.
The chief says Sanders and one of her friends were arguing over a guy. High joined the conversation and that's when the fireworks started.
According to a screen grab provided by Sanders the chief said, "What's that saying? Once you go black, you're a single mom?"
Sanders responded with the word "woooooow" and a middle finger salute, followed by the words, "That's not true."
"I made a joking comment, just a simple stereotypical comment that a girl felt offended by, started attacking me back," High said Tuesday afternoon.
"That's not a joke, that's not a joke. I don't find it funny at all," Sanders said.
Sanders says she went to High's Facebook page and saw he was a police officer.
"He was engaging in ignorance and it really blew my mind because these are people who serve the public, they're here to defend us, not come for us," Sanders said.
"There's a difference what I do publicly and what I do in my private life. My personal Facebook page is my off-duty time," High said.
High says he has learned from this experience to only talk to people on Facebook he knows personally.
Sanders says she's also moving on.
"He is more than deleted. He is blocked actually," Sanders said.