ZIONSVILLE, Ind.–A firefighter in Zionsville has been placed on administrative leave because he is accused of posting conspiracy theories about the death of George Floyd on social media.
Screenshots from Battalion Chief Scott Mamaril’s Facebook account were posted on the Indiana Progressive Liberals Facebook page. They were later sent to Zionsville’s fire chief and mayor.
Both Mamaril’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages account have since been deleted.
The following statement was made on the Town of Zionsville Facebook Page:
The Town of Zionsville has been made aware of an employee allegedly posting offensive and damaging statements on a personal social media account. The Town of Zionsville does not condone the statements that appear to have been made by the employee and the statements do not reflect the Town’s values in any way. The Town of Zionsville holds employees to the highest of standards and code of conduct when posting on social media and we strongly reaffirm our commitment to responsible and respectful social sharing. The conduct of employees on and off duty is something we take very seriously. The employee has been placed on administrative leave pending an outcome of an investigation. The Town of Zionsville does not typically comment on internal personnel matters and no further details will be made available at this time.
Several people spoke to WISH-TV about the action take against Mamaril.
“We need to be able to say what we believe whether it’s agreed with or not,” said Inga Smith of Zionsville to WISH-TV. “But if it’s disagreed with who he works for, I understand letting him have punishment.”
“I don’t know if it’s appropriate for someone who is a public servant that actually works to protect people,” added Ron Day of Indianapolis. “I don’t think that particular posting would warrant discipline.”
Jessica Brewer lives in Zionsville admits she believes some of the conspiracy theories herself. She approves of the administrative leave while more is looked into.
“I’m not sure he should be punished because again it’s his opinion,” Brewer said. “He hasn’t acted on anything.”
George Floyd was a black man killed during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota May 25. Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on his neck for nearly eight minutes as he lay handcuffed on the ground. On June 3, 2020, Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder, and three other officers were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
(WISH-TV’s Dan Klein contributed to this story)