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/Phoenix Police Department)...

Phoenix police involved in shooting near 52nd Street and Thomas Road

Phoenix police were involved in a shooting with a suspect on Monday night, authorities said. 
21 hours ago
The Colorado River winds its way along the West Rim of the Grand Canyon in the Hualapai Indian Rese...
Associated Press

Grand Canyon starting water limitations after pumphouse outage

Grand Canyon National Park is starting water conservation measures on the North Rim due to an electrical failure involving the Roaring Springs pumphouse.
21 hours ago
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)...
Danny Shapiro

National Guard sets up barricade around Arizona Capitol following abortion ruling protests

The Arizona National Guard has set up razor-wire fencing around the Capitol complex in downtown Phoenix following protests over the weekend in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the constitutional right to abortions.
21 hours ago
Traffic stops as thousands of protesters march around the Arizona Capitol after the Supreme Court o...
Associated Press

Groups want court to block Arizona ‘personhood’ law in wake of Roe ruling

An emergency motion was filed seeking to block a 2021 Arizona “personhood” law that abortion rights supporters fear will be used to halt all abortions.
21 hours ago
(KTAR News Photo/Jeremy Schnell)...
Kevin Stone

Sinkhole almost swallows car after pipe breaks on Phoenix street

A motorist escaped uninjured after driving into a sinkhole that opened up after a pipe broke under a Phoenix street Sunday night.
21 hours ago
From left, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers (Getty Images Photo) and House Minority Leader Regina...
Kevin Stone

Arizona party leaders laud state budget as bipartisan achievement

The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Arizona House both came out of budget negotiations with good things to say about the agreement.
21 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Most plumbing problems can be fixed with regular maintenance

Instead of waiting for a problem to happen, experts suggest getting a head start on your plumbing maintenance.
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Update your child’s vaccines before kindergarten

So, your little one starts kindergarten soon. How exciting! You still have a few months before the school year starts, so now’s the time to make sure students-to-be have the vaccines needed to stay safe as they head into a new chapter of life.
Day & Night Air

Tips to lower your energy bill in the Arizona heat

Does your summer electric bill make you groan? Are you looking for effective ways to reduce your bill?
Arizona sheriff’s officer resigns over Trolls doll comments on social media