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Police Sgt. Under Fire For ‘Racist’ Tweet About Castile’s Girlfriend

A police sergeant who posted tweets about Diamond Reynolds' payday is being criticized.

Rice County, MN – A tweet made by a Sheriff’s Sergeant about a payout to Philando Castile’s girlfriend sparked outrage among people with different viewpoints.

Elysian City Councilmember and Rice County Sheriff’s Sergeant Tom McBroom has been accused of posting a “racist” tweet after an $800,000 payout that was recently awarded to Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of the man fatally shot by former St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez in 2016. Reynols is a also self-admitted drug user.

“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,” Sgt. McBroom tweeted, according to the Star Tribune.

The Twitter account showed the name of Tom McBroom Sr., according to City Pages.

Many were’t happy about the tweet.

“Lot of false assumptions on your part,” one person tweeted.

Another Twitter user asked how he could come to such a conclusion, and Sgt. McBroom replied back with a one-word tweet – “History.”

Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn said he learned about the tweet Wednesday night through media reports.

“These comments do not reflect the beliefs or opinions of the Rice County Sheriff’s Office and Rice County Administration,” Sheriff Dunn said in a statement. He said his office was reviewing the issue.

City Pages contacted Sgt. McBroom through Facebook and asked him about the tweet and the public’s response.

In his reply, he refused to acknowledge that he was a police officer.

“Who said I was Law Enforcement or council member. I’m a general contractor. Wrong person. Sorry,” Sgt. McBroom replied.

City Pages asked Rice County Chief Deputy Jesse Thomas to verify Sgt. McBroom’s identity using his Facebook profile after they found photos of him in uniform, and a photo that was identical to his official city council picture, on a profile under the same name.

Sgt. McBroom later called City Pages and admitted that he worked for the Sheriff’s office. Why did he do it?

“Just to screw with you. Because I can,” he said.

Sgt. McBroom claimed people had misunderstood his comment about “history,” and said that he was referring to “the universal temptation of spending, rather than saving, large instant payouts.”

He also expressed disappointment at the lack of money management in cases of police settlements.

“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. 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?” Sgt. McBroom said.

Sgt. McBroom denied that his comment about crack cocaine had anything to do with race.

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

He denied using the words “crack cocaine” in his tweet, although those words were in his comment.

Sgt. McBroom’s Twitter account has since been taken down.

GinnyReed - December Fri, 2017


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