Sheriff’s deputy under fire for ‘racist’ response to Diamond Reynolds’ payout

A Rice County Sheriff’s deputy has drawn ire for posting a controversial tweet in response to Diamond Reynolds $800,000 settlement after she watched police shoot and kill her boyfriend, Philando Castile in July, 2016.

On Tuesday Sgt. Tom McBroom said that “She needs to come off County and State Aid now that she has some cash. It’ll be gone in 6 months on crack cocaine” in a since deleted tweet.

When asked on Twitter why he suspected that Reynolds, who was no crack-related criminal history, would blow the cash on drugs, he replied, “History,” the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

McBroom, whose LinkedIn profile identifies him as a computer voice stress analyst, is also a member of the Elysian City Council.

Rice County Chief Deputy Jess Thomas said Wednesday that he will be reviewing the incident, City Pages reported.

McBroom claims his remarks were misread as racist.

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He said he cited “history,” to refer to the universal temptation to spend, rather than save large settlements, City Pages reported.

“I’ve seen them come to court. They’ve lost their children, but they come to court dressed to the nines with Michael Kors purses,” McBroom told City Pages. “To be frank with you, they don’t have a pot to piss in. ...I see it time and time again and I just shake my head and say why wasn’t there anyone to help that person?”

McBroom told City Pages his comments were misconstrued as racist—and that he made them without regard to Reynolds’ race—she is black.

“I have friends of mine in the Minneapolis Police Department. And you know, that’s an epidemic up there, crack cocaine and opioids.”

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