CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield has come under scrutiny after suggesting on Facebook that 9/11 was a conspiracy and linking to an article pushing 9/11 conspiracy theories.
Mayfield, a Democrat who represents district three, linked to an article on the website Awarenessact.com with the headline: "It’s Official: European Scientific Journal Concludes 9/11 Was A Controlled Demolition."
"I am still waiting for someone to produce pieces of the alleged plane that opened the doors for US citizens to loose all privacy rights (from the conspiracy theorist in me)," Mayfield stated in her link to the article.
Mayfield told WFAE that she posted the item to make a point and that she doesn't believe 9/11 was a hoax, but that she still has a lot of questions.
“I believe this nation chose to take a horrific act and use it to not only create a way through government to spy on the American people, but also to privatize a lot of the work that is happening on the ground,” Mayfield told WFAE.
Her post gathered a handful of comments
"Wait has your account been hacked?," one user wrote.
"This slap in the face to the 3,000 families that lost loved ones on that terrible day," another user posted.
Mayfield updated her original post to say that she did not mean to cause controversy and that she was simply exercising her freedom of speech.
"So...if I delete this all the comments will also be deleted. This was NOT shared to cause controversy yet it has. Freedom of speech allows you to share your thoughts and many have done that below," the update reads."
Snopes did a fact check on the article linked in the Facebook post and found it to be false.
Mayfield, who was first elected to district three in 2011, has come under fire before for controversial social media posts.
Last month she sent a tweet that suggested a candidate for public office had posted photos of his private parts on Grinder, a gay dating app.
"Question for You all. When candidates and those that are extremely judgemental have a @Grindr page with pictures of their private parts should that be fair game? BTW #grindr is a same-sex site #knowwhoyoumaybevoting4"
In October 2017, the Democrat representative sent a tweet that compared President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler.
Mayfield later issued an apology for the tweet.