VA. sheriff responds to NAACP after deputy wears blackface costume

VA. sheriff responds to NAACP after deputy wears blackface costume

YORK, VA (WWBT) - The sheriff of a county in Virginia is responding to the NAACP after a deputy's controversial Halloween costume is deemed racist.

The York County NAACP branch says it was "outraged" over the costume - which shows Deputy Jean Browning in blackface, dressed as Florida congresswoman Frederica Wilson.

NAACP officials say they met with York County officials to discuss the costume back on Nov. 6. They say while the sheriff's office officials agreed the costume was inappropriate, they were not planning on taking any disciplinary action.

The NAACP wound up issuing a press release about the costume. The sheriff addressed this a few hours ago, saying he's disappointed the NAACP contacted the media and would have preferred to handle this matter "privately."

He also released a statement, saying deputy Browning and her boyfriend thought it would be funny to dress as Wilson and President Donald Trump for Halloween. The deputy did not intend to mock her.

The sheriff said he was reassigning Browning to a new position. She previously worked in the school system's DARE program.

Posted to the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office Facebook page:

In response to the YJCW NAACP press release, Sheriff J. D. Diggs has the following statement.

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