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North Carolina Sheriff Under Fire For Racist Comments About Black Deputies 

A North Carolina sheriff in a rural county is facing a firestorm over recently uncovered racist comments he made about Black deputies working under him.

I’m sick of these Black bastards,” Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene (R) said in a recording of a 2019 phone call, local NBC affiliate WECT reported Wednesday.

I’m going to clean house and be done with it,” Greene continued, as he sought to find out who in his department had apparently leaked information to two of its former members, both of whom are Black, according to the outlet.

One of the two was Lewis Hatcher, who had been county’s first Black sheriff. Greene had narrowly beat the Democrat in a 2018 election for the post, but Hatcher then sued to be reinstated amid an investigation into Greene’s eligibility for the role.

The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association scheduled a hearing this week to review the 2019 remarks, but Greene resigned from the group Thursday before it could take place.

Source: WECT

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