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Camden Co. Sheriff: Deputy not a racist

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Updated: 11/13/2013 6:33 pm
CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. -- The Camden County deputy who dressed as in inmate with blackface during Halloween will not lose his job. Sheriff Jim Proctor held a news conference on Wednesday to address a controversial photo that shows deputy Chad Palmer in blackface dressed as an inmate.

Proctor was first informed of the image by a lieutenant in his department, then discussed the issue with people within the department and the community.

Proctor said the picture of Palmer was taken at a private costume party. He also said that Palmer is not a racist, and was wearing the costume because he thought it was funny.

"I do not believe that Chad Palmer is a racist," said Proctor during a news conference Wednesday morning . "I've talked to many blacks in the community, two of them are right here, they said don't fire him."

Palmer faces suspension without pay and one year probation.

"Because I'm black, it's hard not to get offended. But my skin is not thin," said Gerri Waters.

Gerri Waters is a former jailer with the Camden County Sheriff's Office. Although she calls the costume extremely insensitive, Waters doesn't believe it's enough to be fired.

"If I call 911 and he has to be dispatched to me, I believe he will be able to take care of me just like if I was a white, 40-year-old woman," said Waters.

Following the social media firestorm sparked by the racially charged picture, Palmer and the entire staff have to complete mandatory sensitivity training focusing on race relations. Sensitivity training for Palmer starts Monday.

The local NAACP president, Eddie Rhone, hopes deputy Palmer learned his lesson.

"That's not going to be tolerated," said Rhone. "That this is no joke. We have no place in our society for this type of portrayal of such a painful part of our history, our country and our community."

Palmer has worked in law enforcement in Camden County for 15 years, and has had a multitude of jobs, including patrol and in the jail, according to Proctor. Palmer also worked for the Kingsland Police Department sometime between 2009 and 2012, before returning to the Camden County Sheriff's Office.
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eviltwinmorgan - 11/14/2013 7:50 AM
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Bamboozled. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0215545/

Truthseeker - 11/14/2013 4:35 AM
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The whining has got to stop. It is sickening.

FlSunRise87 - 11/13/2013 5:45 PM
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@ionDAprize; first of all your name is ridiculous, second DA issue shouldn't be that he painted himself to be a black inmate, but that this BS continuously gets pointed out as racism. If all people are equal why is it still so socially unacceptable that he cant paint himself to be a different color? I'm declaring shenanigans!

nativejax - 11/13/2013 5:44 PM
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I'll say it again, being Black and picking cotton was not a NOT a bad thing. It is an VITALLY IMPORTANT part of the GREATNESS of this Country. Be proud of the skin your in, NOT VAIN...All of our ancestors lived and died for it. If others want to color their skin like someones else's, who knows, maybe their jealous?,.so let it be a compliment. The past is where it is suppose to be. I grew up watching Buck Wheat, and when someone emmulated him, as they still do, it made me miss him and the gang more. The past in the past, we can let it fester and place blame or we can learn from it and smile on.

iondaprize - 11/13/2013 1:04 PM
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who in their right mind thinks it's ok to do stuff like this? Why couldn't he have been a White inmate?

honnor7 - 11/13/2013 1:01 PM
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I wish I was at the conference meeting my first question would be how many of you watched White Chicks and did you like the movie? Then I would have asked that NAACP representative why were they not investigating all the people who were involved in that movie? Isn't that a racist movie? jimharvey1 is dead on when he said political correctness is getting to be insane!

rv6ajaxpilot - 11/13/2013 12:48 PM
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REALLY! It's a F%$@ing Halloween costume! What if he had not painted himself black and still wore the inmate clothing and went as a white prisoner? What then? Ridiculous....I don't get it????

OldGuy - 11/13/2013 12:13 PM
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The political correctness is getting to be insane! The man was at a PRIVATE Halloween costume party. Sensitivity training? Really? And doing this has caused an investigation including looking into the black-to-white race ratio of citations that the officer has written? There were probably some blacks at the party as well that weren't offended in the least. This sensitivity crap is going WAY too far! What ever happened to "BUCK UP, CUPCAKE!"
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