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Camden County Sheriff to address deputy's inappropriate Halloween costume

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Updated: 11/12/2013 7:11 pm
CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. -- Action News obtained the picture of an officer of the law allegedly painted in black face and dressed as an inmate for Halloween. Sheriff Jim Proctor plans to address the controversial image and potentially career-ending photo Wednesday.

The Camden County Sheriff's Office said the painted face is Deputy Chad Palmer.

The racially charged picture circulated on social media sites and caused a firestorm of reaction from local taxpayers like Barbara King who had heard of the photo but hadn't seen it until Action News Ryan Smith showed her.

"To the neighborhood, it says 'I don't give a rap about the blacks. They are nothing but a joke to us,'" said King.

Capt. William Terrell tells Action News the controversial picture was taken at a private Halloween party in Camden County.

"It's pretty offensive. There's no better word for it," said Terrell.

It didn't take long for the sheriff to take notice, and start demanding answers from his deputy.

"His actions reflect poorly on the department, the profession and people in law enforcement just aren't that way," said Terrell.

Action News reporter Ryan Smith went to hear what Palmer had to say for himself, but someone slammed the door and said to get off the property.

Barbara King is left shaking her head in disgust.

"When you are a law enforcement officer, you should hold yourself in a better position than that," said King. "To get at a party and discriminate against any inmate, any human being. Something needs to be done."

The Sheriff's Office is holding news conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Woodbine, Ga.
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nativejax - 11/13/2013 11:06 AM
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And besides HITLER killed more whites then there ever were slaves. And SORRY ASSES in Hollywood still dress up like Hitler ALL THE TIME. Much worse than slavery don't you think? Whites don't like it, and may even whine and cry about it sometimes and BUT THEY DON'T BLAME EVERYONE ELSE for the hatred he represented and keep perpetuating that hate as an EXCUSE. O Bama does.

nativejax - 11/13/2013 10:31 AM
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It IS about OBama. And every warmongering politician like him, past and present. Being an idiot isn't a CRIME. Being a President who lies to Americans and gets away with it,IS. It's telling all Black people its okay to lie. And disgraces this whole Country. THAT'S WHAT BLACK AMERICANS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF, not their PAST, that they had no control over.

whosaysnocan - 11/13/2013 10:13 AM
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Amazing how some have make this about Mr. Obama. This guy is an idiot! Plain and simple.

nativejax - 11/13/2013 9:39 AM
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But yet you elect a President that is 'STILL ENSLAVING' by allowing these Democratic asses jerk us around and ruin this Country? EVERYONE of us have a nose ring in right now and this BLACK AND WHITE division over something as PETTY as the color of our skin is DIVIDING US MORE AND MORE. JUST AS THESE LIARS IN OUR WHITE HOUSE WANT US TO DO. Blacks got treated unfairly by the Democratic liars after Emancipation, and NOTHING HAS CHANGED. The only DIFFERENCE between a Black person now from a White person is if these crooks in our Government arn't stopped, WE ALL LOSE. Oh and by the way, if it had not been for the brave survivors who worked those cotton fields, under terrible living conditions, eating lobster and corn, THIS COUNTRY WOULD NOT BE AS GREAT AS IT WAS ONCE PERCEIVED BEFORE OBAMA. The past is exactly that, the past..Be proud of your skin and the history of our ancestors who fought and died to build this Country UP. And not let LIARS divide us and tear it ALL BACK DOWN. I went to my mother funeral with my pasty white skin cover in blotches of makeup that I put on REALLY bad because my swollen eyes couldn't see that morning to do it right, and EVERYONE in my losing family laughed. Do you think that bothered me? Not one bit...They are so stuck in their own hatred of their own skin that they don't even SEE the rest of the world around them nor live by the same rules God tells us to. They are in this life for themselves. Just as the democrats. No one is perfect, so WHY NOT ignore the antics of someone who thinks dressing up as a Black man picking cotton? Making a big issue out of it makes it worse and EXACTLY what the lying haters in our Congress want. 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...everyone's ancestors lived and died for it.

truthhurts - 11/13/2013 8:43 AM
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Camden County Sheriff Department has a FB page and this picture was posted on their FB page with a description that He was picking cotton cause he's a Slave prisioner. This let the black community know that racism is among our officers. As an law enforcement, this is not the act we should show our community. We should uphold the law at all times, not disgrace the people of our community. Slavery is over people!

nativejax - 11/13/2013 8:35 AM
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Whats the big deal? Blacks have been dressing up as Whites for generations now..One extreme case, M. Jackson,(may he finally rest in peace after what his dad did to him). If you cannot be comfortable in your own skin, NO MATTER WHAT anyone says or does, then WHERE WILL YOU EVER BE COMFORTABLE? Be proud of your skin, it is actually a compliment when someone tries to copy, mimic or immulate you.

Pablo - 11/13/2013 5:20 AM
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So what? What's offensive to me is the assault on the liberties of us ALL coming out of Washington, D.C., Obama creating new laws via executive orders, and lying through his allegedly presidential teeth! Get a life!

Truthseeker - 11/13/2013 4:34 AM
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I also just thought of this. If this is so offensive, then why is Action News spreading it all over the Internet?

Truthseeker - 11/13/2013 4:34 AM
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I am sick of whiners in the news.

Papakilo - 11/12/2013 11:14 PM
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We are human! Sometimes we make bad choices but, no harm was intended. When citizens of the United States get harassed for their poor choice...we should take into consideration all the lies and corrupt actions and lack of intelligence coming from elected officials at all levels. This man does not need to be punished, unless we have reached the depths as a society. We ARE headed that way, as it is. We are not a dictatorship or a police state as Germany was. Christ said to the crowd, you without sin may cast stones. You all are bigger hypocrites, for being so petty. Sure he may have done something dumb and tasteless to some but, could each of you stand up to the same criticism?
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