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Fla. Deputy Reprimanded for Trayvon Martin Props

July 22, 2013  | 

A veteran Brevard County (Fla.) Sheriff's deputy has received a written reprimand for a misguided attempt to teach other deputies about the importance of keeping professional and personal opinions separate.

Following a jury's acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Cpl. Chris Wood brought a bag of Skittles and Arizona ice tea to the county jail. Wood then lectured his fellow deputies.

"His delivery of that message was completely insensitive to not only the people in the room, and the things that were going on in our community, and our society, at that point, and that's what stimulated us looking at it," Sheriff Wayne Ivey told WFTV.

Tags: Officer Disciplined, Trayvon Martin Shooting, Florida, Professional Image


Comments (6)

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Lenny @ 7/22/2013 11:00 AM

Another genius with a gun a badge .
Looks like he has almost reached the appropriate weight for a promotion to Sgt.

Capt. Crunch @ 7/22/2013 9:43 PM

This article is missing information. What did the officer do that he had to apologize for being insensitive? Was the officer briefing the troops on purple drank?

Digital Moose @ 7/23/2013 8:40 AM

One can only guess what this officer's motive were. There are relevant facts in this case that were suppressed by the media that may have motivated Officer Wood to speak on the dangers of drug abuse.

1. Martin sent/received numerous text msgs on the subject of gettin g high on "lean".
2. "Lean" is a street drug concoction of Skittles, Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail and cough syrup.
3. Two of these "lean" components were found in Martin's possession at the scene, however the media called it "iced tea" because they were afraid to use the W word.
4. Martin's autopsy revealed significant liver damage for a 17-yr. old.
indicating a history of drug abuse.
5. Draw your own conclusions.

Larry Peterson @ 7/23/2013 12:41 PM

Since when has professionalism grown out of the act that could be just kindness. If he was making drugs-then say that! As a former Jailer it was not unusual to bring prisoners things that they couldn't get. If bringing Candy is not professional,then a lot of us are in trouble.

Don Moore @ 7/23/2013 11:56 PM

Ladies and Gents, think before you act. I hate the word perception, but the world is based on perception. Just like we need to think before we post something on social media, we need to think before we open our mouth, we need to think before we act. The sergeant forgot to think before he acted and now he will pay the price.

Don Moore @ 7/23/2013 11:58 PM

Larry, I'm not trying to sound ignorant or rip on you, but why would you want to bring prisoners something that they can't get??? Does that not put you in a precarious situation? If they can't get it, then they probably are not suppose to have it. Right?

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