WAYCROSS, Ga. - 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.
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