A deputy sheriff in Michigan was forced to turn in his badge and gun after he made a questionable social media post, depicting the next potential Vice President of the United States as a watermelon.
The employee, who is part-time and retired from full-time work with the force, reportedly made a post concerning the major players of the election.
According to WXYZ, the post featured several pumpkin carvings named after presidents and a watermelon carving which apparently attempts to depict Senator Kamala Harris.
The deputy was quickly terminated following complaints.
Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony was upset by what he called a “racist” post.
“It grows out of [the] past and a recognition that often is linked to buffoonery and to less than,” Dr. Anthony said. “Yes, I believe that the intent was purposely structured to diminish and to dilute the significance of the first African American…. as vice president of these United States. To some people ignorance is bliss.”
Sheriff @MikeJBouchard says a part-time @oaklandsheriff deputy has been terminated after this racist social media post.— Rudy Harper (@RudyHarperWXYZ) November 16, 2020
It shows a carving of VP-elect @KamalaHarris from a watermelon and others from a pumpkin.
A statement from the sheriff is in the photos. @wxyzdetroit pic.twitter.com/pCFN2peQc7
Sheriff Rudy Harper and his representatives released statements condemning the post, going on to note that such depictions are against agency policy.
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