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Updated: 11/13/2013 12:23 pm
CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. -- Derogatory, appalling and unprofessional.
That's what people are saying about the actions of Camden County Sheriff's Deputy Chad Palmer.
"I was disgusted when I first saw it," said local minister, Michael Cuthbertson.
"He's a law enforcement officer and he is supposed to set a different precedent for everybody," said local resident, Theresa Williams.
Deputy Palmer was caught on camera, black face and dressed as an inmate for Halloween. The image just surfaced on social media and could be career-ending.
Even a child said he knows better. "I think it's kind of mean and racist," said Ashton Crawford.
Action News went to Palmer's home to get his side of the story, but he wasn't up for talking. His entire property was blocked with a privacy fence that wanted trespassers out.
We then went to his neighbor's home, who didn't appreciate his attempt at Halloween humor. We asked if she thought he should be fired and she replied "that's always a hard call."
Others say it's a no-brainer. "I think he needs to make an apology publicly since he did that publicly," said Cuthbertson.
The Camden County Sheriff's Office will conduct a news conference Wednesday morning to discuss any disciplinary action.
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Plainspeak - 11/13/2013 3:51 PM
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Papakilo, this man has the ability to use deadly force if needed, along with imprisoning people, supposedly without prejudice. That means he is held to a higher standard than others, you are taking a tremendous leap with your fascism nonsense.

Papakilo - 11/12/2013 11:37 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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