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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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