Anson Co. deputy resigns after allegations of using racial slur over police radio

by: Mark Becker Updated:


ANSON COUNTY, N.C. - An Anson County sheriff's deputy handed in his resignation on Tuesday after allegations he used a racial slur over police radio while out on call.

The sheriff is not releasing the name of the deputy involved, but he confirmed that the deputy resigned on Tuesday after he admitted to using the n-word on the radio during a call for help.

The deputy, who had been with the department for less than three months, was answering a call about a fight at a trailer park south of Wadesboro late Saturday night.

"They all started surrounding, getting up close to my car," said Samantha Flowers.

She showed Eyewitness News where she was hit on the arm by a large chunk of brick that is still on the gravel road.

It was clearly tense, she said, when the deputy got on the radio, frantically calling for help, and used the n-word.

"If he said it, it was down low because at the time I was talking to my son and I couldn't hear what he was talking about at the time. I was upset, I was shaking," she said.

But others on the radio did hear it. After an internal investigation that started on Monday, Sheriff Tommy Allen released a statement on Tuesday afternoon saying that the deputy had resigned.

"Words hurt," said Anna Baucom, Anson County Commission .chairman.

On Tuesday afternoon Baucom said she hopes the sheriff's quick investigation will send the right message.

"I certainly think he handled it appropriately," she said.

Most people had not even heard about the incident, but those Eyewitness News told did not seem terribly surprised.

Bruce Ingram is a member of a church that had been vandalized with racial graffiti just two years ago.

The sheriff told Eyewitness news that he has no plans to release the audio recording of that deputy's call.