Deputy AG Under Review After 'Live Ammunition' Tweet
Political Website Calls Comments Into Question
12:43 PM, Feb 23, 2011
A deputy in the Indiana Attorney General's Office faces an internal review over online comments he made concerning protesters at the Wisconsin Legislature.Mother Jones, a political website, tweeted Saturday "Sources in Madison say riot police have been ordered to clear protesters from capitol at 2 am," to which Deputy Attorney General Jeff Cox responded using his personal account, "Use live ammunition."
Editor's Note: Jeff Cox is the son of 6News reporter Norman Cox.
In an article published Wednesday on Mother Jones, author Adam Weinstein said Cox continued to advocate the use of deadly force on protesters.Cox tweeted "You're damn right I advocate deadly force" in response to a query from Weinstein.A statement from the Indiana Attorney General's Office said Cox's comments were inflammatory and that the office doesn't condone them."We do not condone any comments that would threaten or imply violence or intimidation toward anyone," part of the statement read. "Civility and courtesy toward all constituents is very important to this agency. We take this matter very seriously."Cox's statements will be reviewed and "appropriate personnel action will be taken," the statement read.6News has requested interviews with Jeff Cox and with Attorney General Greg Zoeller.
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