Arizona sheriff’s officer resigns over Trolls doll comments on social media

Aug 10, 2020, 2:00 PM | Updated: 4:20 pm
(Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)...
(Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
(Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — An officer with the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office has resigned following inappropriate comments on social media about a Trolls doll that was pulled off shelves.

Yuma County sheriff’s officials says the suspended employee resigned Monday as an administrative review got underway.

The office did not name the employee in its announcement.

But KYMA-TV in Yuma identified the staff member as Lt. Scott Bjornstad, who had been promoted last month.

The TV station over the weekend posted screenshots from Bjornstad’s Facebook page. The images showed Bjornstad had shared an article about toymaker Hasbro recalling a Trolls doll.

Some parents complained a sound activation button on the doll was inappropriately placed under the doll’s skirt and between her legs. Critics said it promoted child abuse.

According to KYMA-TV, Bjornstad and another Facebook user exchanged inappropriate comments about the doll.

Sheriff Leon Wilmot says employees of the office are held to the highest standards and the comments would not be tolerated.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook Photo/Maricopa County Attorney's Office)...
Taylor Tasler

MCAO continuing to pare down backlog of cases, including DUI, officer-involved shootings

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is continuing to cut into the hundreds of backlogged cases it inherited from past administrations.
8 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Kari Lake; AP Photo/Ross Franklin)...
Danny Shapiro

Listen: Arizona candidates join KTAR News to discuss platforms ahead of general election

Arizona political candidates are joining KTAR News until the general election to discuss their platforms and why they are the best fit for the role.
8 hours ago
Assorted craft beer samples at a micro-brewery. (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)...

Scottsdale’s Fate Brewing to host inaugural craft beer festival on Saturday

Scottsdale's Fate Brewing Company is gearing up to host the first ever Sour and Sweet Beer Fest that's coming to Old Town on Saturday.
8 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Ball Corp.)...

Beverage can manufacturer Ball Corp to close Phoenix plant

Metal-container manufacturer Ball Corp. said it is shutting down its aluminum can facility in Phoenix, citing rising costs and decreasing demand.
8 hours ago
(AP Photo, File/Keith Srakocic)...

Maricopa County records its most ballots in primary election history

The results of the 2022 August Primary election in Arizona were posted and a record 866,924 voters cast a ballot in Maricopa County.
8 hours ago
Musician/saxophonist Boney James performs onstage during An Evening of Jazz at Mable House Barnes A...

Arizona Jazz Fest set to hit High Street for 3 days in late October

High Street in Phoenix will be jumping to tunes come late October, when the Arizona Jazz Festival touches down for a three-day party. 
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Why your student-athlete’s physical should be conducted by a sports medicine specialist

Dr. Anastasi from Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Tempe answers some of the most common questions.
(Courtesy Condor)...
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines shows passion for destinations from Sky Harbor with new-look aircraft

Condor Airlines brings passion to each flight and connects people to their dream destinations throughout the world.
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Vaccines are safe if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Are you pregnant? Do you have a friend or loved one who’s expecting?
Arizona sheriff’s officer resigns over Trolls doll comments on social media