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Michigan sheriff's court deputy fired after posting photo of Kamala Harris watermelon carving

November 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A part-time court deputy with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office was terminated after she was found to have posted a photo on social media showing Joe Biden, Donald Trump, and Mike Pence pumpkin carvings and a Kamala Harris carving in a watermelon.

(CNN)A part-time court deputy with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office was terminated after she was found to have posted a photo on social media showing Joe Biden, Donald Trump, and Mike Pence pumpkin carvings and a Kamala Harris carving in a watermelon.

Wendell Anthony, Detroit Branch NAACP president, told CNN affiliate WXYZ that the post was racist.

These type of incidents are disgusting and will never be tolerated or pushed aside at the Sheriff's Office," Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe told CNN in an email.

The ex-employee has not been identified.

McCabe said the post had been deleted by the time it was brought to their attention.

The former employee posted the picture on October 23 and she was fired her the same day they learned about it, on October 27, McCabe told CNN.

CNN affiliate WXYZ obtained a copy of the post and reached out to the ex-employee.

I'm not a racist and never will be," the ex-employee said.

In a statement to CNN, Anthony said he believes the post's "intent was purposely structured to diminish and to dilute the significance of the first African American as Vice President of these United States. "

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