Sheriff’s deputy under fire for ‘racist’ response to Diamond Reynolds’ payout

USE THIS ONE PLEASE -- Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile, enters the Ramsey County Courthouse in St. Paul on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, before her second day of testifying at the trial of St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez for the July 2016 killing of Castile in Falcon Heights. Reynolds, who was seated next to Castile when he was shot, streamed the aftermath of the shooting live on Facebook, bringing national attention to the incident. (Dave Orrick / Pioneer Press)

A Rice County Sheriff’s deputy has drawn ire for posting a controversial tweet in response to Diamond Reynolds’ $800,000 settlement after she watched police shoot and kill her boyfriend, Philando Castile, in July 2016.

On Tuesday, Sgt. Tom McBroom said that “she needs to come off County and State Aid now that she has some cash. It’ll be gone in 6 months on crack cocaine” in a since-deleted tweet.

When asked on Twitter why he suspected that Reynolds, who was no crack-related criminal history, would blow the cash on drugs, he replied, “History,” the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

McBroom, whose LinkedIn profile identifies him as a computer voice stress analyst, is also a member of the Elysian City Council.


Rice County Sheriff’s deputy Tom McBroom made a controversial tweet criticizing Diamond Reynolds’ payout stemming from the death of her boyfriend, Philando Castile. (ELYSIAN CITY COUNCIL)

Rice County Chief Deputy Jess Thomas said Wednesday that he will be reviewing the incident, City Pages reported.

McBroom claims his remarks were misread as racist.

He said he cited “history” to refer to the universal temptation to spend, rather than save large settlements, City Pages reported.

“I’ve seen them come to court. They’ve lost their children, but they come to court dressed to the nines with Michael Kors purses,” McBroom told City Pages. “To be frank with you, they don’t have a pot to piss in. …I see it time and time again and I just shake my head and say why wasn’t there anyone to help that person?”

McBroom told City Pages that he made his comments without regard to Reynolds’ race. She is black.

“I have friends of mine in the Minneapolis Police Department. And you know, that’s an epidemic up there, crack cocaine and opioids.”

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