Photos surround the casket of Michael Brown inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church before the start of his funeral Aug. 25, 2014, in St. Louis. The unarmed teen was gunned down by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer Aug. 9.
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A Charleston, W.Va., columnist has lost his job after referring to Michael Brown as an animal.

According to Mediaite, Don Surber, a 30-year veteran of the Charleston Daily Mail, took to his personal blog to say this:

This summer I had an epiphany as I watched packs of racists riot in Ferguson, Missouri, in support of a gigantic thug who was higher than a kite when he attacked Ferguson Police Department Officer Darren Wilson, who unfortunately had to put this animal down.

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It gets worse. When he was taken to task, Surber wrote a sarcastic apology in response to his critics:

UPDATE: I made a factual error. Michael Brown was not an animal but a man. Big. Brutal. High. His death was a justifiable homicide and not a putting down.

The editors of the Charleston Daily Mail fired Surber after they were informed of his comments.

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‚ÄúIt‚Äôs his own blog, but still, he‚Äôs known as a Daily Mail editorial columnist and many readers seemed to perceive the views stated to reflect on the Daily Mail‚Äôs editorial policy,‚ÄĚ said Editor Brad McElhinny.

Read more at Mediaite.