'He Should've Ducked': NJ Juvenile Detention Officer Suspended For Racist Rant About Cannon Hinnant

Brittany M. Hughes | August 19, 2020
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An officer at a New Jersey detention center has been suspended after he reportedly made racially insensitive comments about the shooting death of 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant, a white boy who was gunned down in broad daylight by a black man over a week ago.

According to this, Officer Rome Smith, who worked at a juvenile detention center in Cumberland County, wrote on social media that Hinnant “should’ve ducked” when 25-year-old Darius Sessoms shot him in the head at point blank range while he was riding his bike outside his father’s house.

"Y'all always trying to sneak diss and discredit a black person being killed innocently by police. Blame cannon's parents for not watching him!!! F Y'ALL," Smith reportedly wrote on Facebook, according to screen shots of the rant.


Cumberland County spokeswoman Jody Hirata told NBC News that Smith was a county employee and that he’s been suspended over his post, which the county determined was “shockingly insensitive and racist in tone.”

"We will not tolerate county employees using social media to broadcast hateful messages," Cumberland County Freeholder Director Joseph Derella said, NBC News reported. "This is not who we are and we intend to pursue the strongest action available to us."



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