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Governor fires 34 prison guard trainees who gave Nazi salute


January 1, 2020

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (AP) — West Virginia's governor has fired 34 correction officer trainees who were photographed giving a Nazi salute, and he fired their instructor. He also says four instructors are being suspended without pay.

Republican Gov. Jim Justice announced his decision Monday after receiving a report from state investigators that the trainees regularly gave the Nazi salute "as a sign of respect" for their instructor in the weeks prior to the release of the photo. Its release earlier this month triggered widespread outrage.

"As I said from the beginning, I condemn the photo ......

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