The image banned by Officer Cheeks

A school security officer in Virginia who told a protester opposing President Obama’s health-care plan that America is “no more” remains employed but is now under investigation because of his statements, according to his school district.

“I have to say, I’ve seen the video. We do not condone what the officer did say,” Paul Regnier, the coordinator of communications and community relations for Fairfax County Public Schools told WND today.

WND reported earlier when a YouTube video showed school Security Officer Wesley Cheeks Jr. objecting to a protest sign carried at a town-hall meeting held by Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va. The sign read, “Organizing for National Socialist Health Care – The Final Solution.” It depicted Obama as the Joker character of Batman films.

“This used to be America,” argued a protester outside a health-care town hall meeting in Reston, Va., after Cheeks threatened him with arrest for holding up a sign with a picture critical of Barack Obama.

The officer’s response?

“It ain’t no more, OK?”

At the time, a WND unscientific poll showed overwhelming outrage over the officer’s actions.

Asked “What should be done about security officer who threatened arrest over anti-Obama sign?,” 45 percent of the 5,455 voters said he should be reprimanded, fired and used as an example.

Another 28 percent said he should be fired for bullying with a badge. Eleven percent said he should be reprimanded.

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WND messages trying to reach the protester were not returned, but on the YouTube channel where the video appeared, there was a claim of credit for the production from a participant identified as “Dissentfromday1.”

“Many people were left outside when the school filled to capacity. School security officer Wesley Cheeks, Jr. did not like my anti-Obamacare poster which used one of the gone-viral ‘Joker’ graphics,” the video source said. “When I said to Officer Cheeks, ‘This used to be America!’ his response was: ‘It ain’t no more, OK?'”

Wesley Cheeks, Jr., security officer for Fairfax County Public Schools in Reston, Va.

“I feel sorry for Officer Cheeks. He, like many African-Americans are being played by the racist Obama administration. Wake up people. They used to want you only for your votes, but now with the huge Hispanic illegals pouring in they won’t even need you for that,” the video source said.

The video, which had surpassed 450,000 views, also attracted more than 6,000 comments, including one that clearly implied racial overtones to the officer’s opposition to the poster.

“If it had been a Sarah Palin rally and the cop had been white, he would be on his way to federal prison for civil rights violation,” said a YouTube forum participant.

Regnier told WND the district would not comment on personnel issues. He did confirm the congressman’s event had been under a rental arrangement on school property and the officer was there as part of a school assignment.

But he also confirmed that whatever sign rules the school normally would impose would not have been in effect since the facility had been rented for the congressman’s meeting.

“We are looking into this and will take appropriate action,” he assured WND.

But he said that because of the personnel issues involved, no information would be released.

Asked to confirm that Cheeks still is on staff and on duty, Regnier declined.

“He is still an employee,” he said.

Cheeks had told the protester that even though others were holding signs, his sign was unacceptable because of the depiction of Obama.

“But you got this with a picture,” Cheeks said, explaining why the protester was singled out from the others. “That’s the difference. This has got a picture on it. That don’t have a picture on it.

“Sir, leave the picture down,” the officer said. “If you put the picture back up, you’ll be charged with trespassing.”

The protester continued the argument, wondering how his presence among hundreds of others at the town hall meeting could be deemed trespassing.

The officer answered, “If I told you once to take it down and you put it back up, I can charge you with whatever I want to charge you with.”

The argument continued until the officer walked away.

“This used to be America,” said the protester.

“It ain’t no more, OK?” answered Cheeks.

As WND has reported, Americans have been flocking to lawmakers’ health-care town hall meetings, typically voicing loud displeasure with the ever-expanding size of the federal government and what many see as yet another intrusive expansion.

All across the country, legislators coming to their home districts in attempt to sell the health-care plan to constituents are being met with fierce opposition and huge crowds:

The biggest source of protests are the health-care bill, the $787 billion economic stimulus package and the cap-and-trade legislation. They’re also angry about Obama’s refusal to release his birth certificate to prove he is a “natural born citizen” and constitutionally eligible to serve in the White House.

According to an Associated Press report, Obama’s top political adviser, David Axelrod, showed senators in D.C. video of some of the boisterous town-hall meetings and discussed how to respond to disruptions.

“It’s a challenge, no question about it, and you’ve got to get out there and make the case,” Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., said afterward. “This is not the time for the faint-hearted.”

Note: To contact the school’s security force, e-mail Fred Ellis, the director of safety
and security for Fairfax County Public Schools, or Jim McLain, the security coordinator.

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