According to the South Florida SunSentinel, Veteran Assistant State Attorney Amy Bloom was fired today for a post she made on Facebook. Bloom, an ASA for eight-years, referred to looters and vandals as "animals in the zoo." Bloom, however, quickly deleted the post, but not before someone captured a screen shot of it and shared it with others. According to the SunSentinel article, Bloom wrote, “When will people learn that their criminal acts and obnoxious protesting actually gets you nowhere?" Blod added, "Act civilized and maybe things will change. I’ve never seen such animals except at the zoo.”
Bloom's post came after some demonstrators in Fort Lauderdale engaged with law enforcement and vandalized downtown businesses. All across the U.S., protests over the murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis have been accompanied by looting and vandalism.
The article also reported that Bloom, who had been assigned to the 10-20-Life unit at the SAO, quickly deleted the post obviously recognizing her collossal faux pas. “I made a post and realized that it could be misinterpreted, so I deleted it within seconds,” she wrote. “I believe in justice for all and that ALL lives matter. I don’t look at anybody by their color shape or size ... My post specifically referenced the people who took advantage of the opportunity to protest. I respect the people who have a mission and wanted to accomplish it. It is hard to respect those who are taking it away with violence and destruction.”