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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.

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