State investigating tweet by employee who said Howell should be “first city to burn”

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The State of Michigan says it’s investigating the social media post made by a state employee in the wake of the George Floyd protests that said “the first city to burn in michigan should be howell.”

Twitter user @WowDamia made the post and several subsequent posts over the weekend. The Twitter profile, which has since been taken down, belongs to Damia Morse, an employee at the State of Michigan’s Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Saline.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the Center for Forensic Psychiatry, confirmed today that it’s investigating Morse’s tweet.

“We’re aware of the social media post and the issue is being investigated to determine if any misconduct has occurred,” said DHHS spokesperson Lynn Suftin. “If a work-rule violation is substantiated, we would issue the appropriate level of corrective or disciplinary action to the employee.”

This was @WowDamia’s original tweet, and then a follow-up post in which she responded to someone who said she was advocating killing all white people:


Several Livingston County police officials, including Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy, said they’re also aware of the posts and are continuing to investigate.

Murphy wrote:

At the time of this release, it appears none are credible; but we continue to investigate. As your Livingston County Law Enforcement Officials, our goal is, and always has been, the protection and safety of our residents. We know the posts do not represent the mentality of our residents. The police – public relationship and mutual respect we have for each other in this county are second to none and no one wants to jeopardize that.


  1. She definitely needs to be charged and fired we dont need someone who has those beliefs working for our state. Needs to have a mental eval

  2. I agree with Brian. Everyone else in this world loses their job for things they post on social media. Teachers, elected officials, you name it for less aggressive posts than this. And here goes a woman who works pretty much for CPS who is responsible for taking children away from their parents if they are being abused. Wanting to burn a whole city down for what exactly? If she was any good at her job she would see that theres been no KKK in howell for ages. She needs to be treated as a terrorist and dealt with accordingly. This is exactly why looting and fires are starting. It takes 1 person to plant a seed and next thing you know people who are innocent are out of homes for their children. All becasue someone who works for a state agency to protect children wants to tweet about starting a city on fire. Actually do something to someone for all this mess. Stop sitting on your hands and protect instead of assault.

    • There never was the KKK in Howell. That clown (who has been dead for years) lived in Cohochtah about 12 miles north of Howell.

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