Correction: In the initial post, Fraser was identified as a forensics officer. She is a civilian forensic technician employed by the Asheville Police Department
In a Facebook post, Lynn Fraser a forensic technician with the Asheville Police Department, called Occupy Asheville protesters “dirtasses” after they complained about police officers recording a march yesterday. In comments on the post, Melissa Williams, the city’s public information and social media specialist, responds with “LMAO” or “Laughing My Ass Off.” In previous post, Fraser also designated Occupiers as a group that “just need a hug … around the neck… with a rope.”
“Glad to be off work and not dealing with dirtasses that want to preach their ‘Constitutional rights’ to me, then in the same breath tell me that videotaping them in a PUBLIC park (which none of them worked and contributed tax money to pay for) is an invasion of privacy,” Fraser writes in a status update today. “Hey dirtasses, you gave up expectation of privacy when you flopped all your stinky belongings out on the sidewalk beside the Federal building. And by the way, stop pooping in public. You’re just nasty.”
A screenshot of the public post:
In response to Fraser’s remarks, Williams replied ” ‘Dirtasses.’ LMAO,” later adding “I know you feel at the end of your rope, but it’s all going to be OK. Perspective, prayer…all that helps. Enjoy your day off and count your many blessings, Lynn!”
Fraser has since removed her wall posts. However, blogger Jason Bugg also uncovered the following post, from yesterday:
According to Xpress freelance photographer Bill Rhodes, who was on the scene, Fraser was present among APD officers filming a joint march by Occupy Asheville and Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference participants yesterday. In subsequent tweets, some Occupy Asheville participants condemned the filming as unnecessary and intimidating.
Police — and citizens — can legally film public activities, including protests and marches.
The APD has issued a statement on a series of arrests made over the weekend of protesters it claims violated the law during a Nov. 2 march. Occupy Asheville has condemned the arrests, and asserted that at least one of those arrested didn’t actually attend the march in question.