Deputy fired for defacing poster map with a racial slur

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina sheriff says he fired and arrested a deputy for defacing a poster in a crime victim’s garage by turning it into a racial slur.

News outlets report that Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Tuesday he fired 25-year-old Kaleb Broome and arrested him on a charge of misconduct in office.

The sheriff says Broome was responding to a domestic dispute Feb. 23 and that as deputies helped the victim, Broome circled Nigeria on a poster map of Africa and turned it into a racial slur.

Lott says Broome also took a piece of double-sided tape. The sheriff says Broome committed a crime by taking the tape that was worth less than a dime, and broke department rules by writing the slur.

Lott said another deputy reported the incident.

It was not clear if Broome has a lawyer.

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