"I'll say this I am extremely right winged and I view racism as normal," he said, according to comments posted last year to one of his YouTube videos. "Just read the definition of racism and it's not a bad thing. That's my own belief though. I went from being a libertarian Conservative to more Authoritarian."
Jones’ online profile on the gaming platform Steam included the motto, “Hitler did nothing wrong.” Jones also connected on Steam with far-right profiles, including one featuring a profile picture of Dylann Roof, the convicted mass murderer accused of the 2015 racially motivated slaying of black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, with a similar black sun design superimposed over it.
Both Costner and Jones had been with the Sheriff’s Office for less than a year. Dix said Costner had some minor disciplinary problems, but neither man did anything to reveal extremist tendencies.
“No use of force, nothing where there were claims of him violating people’s civil rights or mistreating (people),” Dix said.
A woman claiming to be Costner’s mother said her son’s online comments do not reflect who she believes him to be as a person.
The AJC is seeking comment from Costner and Jones.