Jamestown police chief under fire for comments on Facebook

Lowcountry police chief under fire for comments on Facebook
Published: Sep. 20, 2016 at 9:03 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2016 at 9:24 PM EDT
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JAMESTOWN, SC (WCSC) - The police chief of the Berkeley County town of Jamestown is under fire for comments he made on Facebook.

Last week, Lainey Sanders accepted a friend request on Facebook from Chief Jay High.

Little did either one of them know that friendship would turn sour with some serious accusations.

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.

Hyde 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.

Sanders says she's filed a complaint about High with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.

A spokesman said they have not yet seen the complaint.

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