Assistant state attorney Kenneth D. Lewis presents his opening arguments in Amanda Brumfield's murder trial in Judge Reginald K. Whitehead's courtroom at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Florida, May 24, 2011. Brumfield is the estranged daughter of actor Billy Bob Thornton.
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June 18, 2016 10:51 AM EDT

A top homicide prosecutor in the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s has been suspended after he criticized club goers in Facebook posts hours after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

Kenneth Lewis, an assistant state attorney, called nightclub patrons “3rd world miscreants and ghetto thugs,” the Orlando Sentinel reported.

“All Orlando nightclubs should be permanently closed. With our without random gunmen they are zoos,; utter cesspools of debauchery,” Lewis wrote in a second post.

Lewis violated the office’s social media policy and has been suspended for the content of two Facebook posts, according to the Sentinel.


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