Franklin Sain, accused of racist threats against gun-control backer, should be fired, says NAACP
As we reported yesterday, CEO Franklin Sain was arrested over threatening e-mails to state rep and gun-control advocate Rhonda Fields; see examples below. (Warning: They're explicit.) The firm for which Sain works has now suspended him, but that's not enough for the region's NAACP affiliate. The organization is calling for his firing amid concerns that his behavior isn't an exception but an example of a new and loathsome trend.
Back in 2005, as we've reported, Fields's son, Javad Marshall-Fields, agreed to serve as a material witness against Robert Ray, who he'd seen murder a friend. But before he could testify, Marshall-Fields and his fiancee, Vivian Wolfe, were killed.
Ray is currently on death row for ordering the slaying of a witness in connection with another murder, this one in 2004 -- and Sir Mario Owens, convicted of spraying the car in which Marshall-Fields and Wolfe died with a dozen bullets, is also slated to die. However, appeals will keep those sentences from being carried out for years.
This tragedy is among the factors that inspired Fields to run for state representative, and this year, she's been one of the leading forces at the legislature behind gun-control measures. Then, earlier this month, she received multiple e-mails traced to Colorado Springs-based Sain, the chief operating officer for SofTec Solutions, based in Englewood. According to its website, the company is a frequent government contractor that's "staffed 298 recruiters nationwide for the U.S. Army," among other federal gigs.
Photo by Sam Levin Rhonda Fields, right, at a January press conference about gun-control legislation.
Here's a typical -- and uncensored -- example....
I ordered a ton of new 30 round magazines today CUNTBAG.... go fuck yourself and your new law.... we wont [sic] abide by it.... CUNT NIGGER.......and here's another, featuring references to former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely wounded in an attack that killed several people, and another Colorado lawmaker, Beth McCann:
Watching you live, you are a pathetic NIGGER CUNT along with MCANN [sic], two cunts who are way overdue a good fucking...and hopefully somebody Gifords [sic] both of your asses with a gun....you are both pieces of monkey shit who have no right or reason to be in the position you are....fuck off cunts....Sain was subsequently arrested on suspicion of harassment and attempting to influence a public servant. Shortly thereafter, SofTec, presumably interested in protecting its government contracts, issued the following statement:
|Rosemary Harris Lytle.|
SofTec Solutions, Inc. has been informed of allegations against our employee, Mr. Frank Sain. We are shocked to learn of these allegations and are taking this matter very seriously. If true, these actions are highly inappropriate and will not be tolerated. Pending SofTec's investigation into this matter, Mr. Sain has been suspended immediately from further duties at SofTec. SofTec Solutions is a minority-owned, small business and we employ a large diverse workforce. We will absolutely not tolerate any racial, sexual, gender-based slurs or threats of violence by employees.In a statement on view below in its entirety, Rosemary Harris Lytle, president of the NAACP Colorado Montana Wyoming State Conference, refers to this move on the part of SofTec "a good first step" before calling for Sain's immediate termination. But in conversation, Harris Lytle makes it clear she doesn't see his alleged actions as an isolated incident. Far from it: She cites two other recent attacks on officials of color and theorizes that the diversity of the current Colorado legislature may be partly responsible for a vile escalation in hatred.
Continue for more about the call for Franklin Sain's firing, including the NAACP statement and his arrest report.