Douglas County GOP chair apologizes for mask cartoon (9News video)

Drawing posted on party Facebook page compared Polis mask warning to George Floyd's death

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The chairman of the Douglas County Republican Party has apologized to anyone who was offended by a post on the county party's Facebook page depicting a cartoon police officer labeled "Polis,” who is shown stepping on the neck of a man wearing a mask -- "Polis" being Colorado’s Democratic Gov. Jared Polis.

The cartoon included the caption "We Can't Breathe," echoing the words said by George Floyd, who died in May after a Minneapolis police officer held a knee to his neck.

“A post was made on the Douglas County Republicans Facebook page on Friday morning which was subsequently taken down over the weekend,” Chairman Stephen Allen wrote in a statement. “As Chairman I am responsible for the content of our social media and I apologize to anyone that was offended by the post. We are currently reviewing our editorial policies with regard to content and access to our social media platforms.”

The photo has been removed, but Douglas County’s Republican Sheriff Tony Spurlock called for whoever published it to resign.

> CLICK HERE for the full story from Next with Kyle Clark at 9News. Used by permission. And watch a  Next with Kyle Clark report below.

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