Camden County Deputy Causes Outrage With Halloween Costume - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

UPDATE: Sheriff Suspends Deputy Who Appeared In Blackface

Posted: Updated:
FCN Photo FCN Photo
Wednesday's Press Conference - PHOTO: FCN Wednesday's Press Conference - PHOTO: FCN

WAYCROSS, Ga.(WJXT) - In a packed room, filled with more than a dozen community members, Camden County Sheriff Jim Proctor commented on the pictures recently released showing one of his deputies in blackface.

"Today, we are here because of someone's inappropriate, insensitive actions. Extremely insensitive, is what it is. I do not believe Chad Palmer is a racist. I have had to take action," said Camden County Sheriff Jim Proctor.

Camden County Deputy Chad Palmer allegedly wore a costume to a Halloween party and told others he was dressed as a "Camden County inmate." The pictures shows Palmer dressed in a Camden County jail uniform with his skin painted black.

Palmer has been suspended without pay and has been placed on probation with the CCSO for one year. Palmer, as well as the entire team of deputies, will be required to go through sensitivity training which will begin Monday, according to Proctor.

"There's been a lot of thought, a lot of prayer in to this decision," Proctor said to the crowd that included representatives from local churches and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Chief Proctor said Palmer will remain suspended until Proctor deems it's ok for Palmer to come back to work.

"I thought about firing him but decided against it," Proctor stated.

First Coast News  Article, used with permission.

------------Previous Article-------------

CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. There are strong reactions from the community today after First Coast News Jacksonville  discovered this photo of a Camden County Sheriff's Deputy, allegedly in blackface at a Halloween party.

In the photo, the man can be seen with black paint covering his face and arms, wearing a jail uniform. People at the party told First Coast News the deputy said he was a Camden County inmate, and he was picking cotton.

In a phone conversation with First Coast News, a spokesman for the Sheriff told us the costume was, "unacceptable," but would not comment further.

The Sheriff has called a news conference to discuss the costume tomorrow. The woman who first saw the photo and posted it to Facebook told First Coast News she was scared of retribution, and she thinks the photo clearly shows a bias in the department.

First Coast News authored this report, used with permission.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • UPDATE Squatters moving out of soldier's home

    UPDATE Squatters moving out of soldier's home

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-04-24 17:51:57 GMT
    Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.
    NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) - WFLA's story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out.
    NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) - WFLA's story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out.
  • Former Postal Worker Sentenced for Not Delivering 45,000 Pieces of Mail

    Former Postal Worker Sentenced for Not Delivering 45,000 Pieces of Mail

    Thursday, April 24 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-04-24 18:45:46 GMT
    (CNN) - A former Kentucky postal worker was sentenced to six months in federal prison for failing to deliver about 45,000 pieces of mail.
    (CNN) - A former Kentucky postal worker was sentenced to six months in federal prison for failing to deliver about 45,000 pieces of mail.
  • Squatters Move Into Soldier's Home and Refuse to Leave

    Squatters Move Into Soldier's Home and Refuse to Leave

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:25 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:25:50 GMT
    Alleged SquatterAlleged Squatter
    When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house.
    When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house.
Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.