Earlier this week it was announced that Diamond Reynolds, Philando Castile‘s girlfriend who was present when he was fatally shot by a police officer, had reached an $800,000 settlement with the city of St. Anthony in Minnesota. Now, a city councilman and sheriff faces backlash for a racist tweet he made directed at the settlement Reynolds received.
Tom McBroom Sr., who is a sergeant in the Rice County (Minnesota) Sheriff’s Department and a city councilman in the small town of Elysian, Minnesota, wrote the following tweet which has since been deleted: “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.” When asked why he believed Reynolds would do that with the money by another Twitter user McBroom replied “History.”
City Pages reached out to McBroom through Facebook to address the tweet to which he responded “Who said I was Law Enforcement or council member. I’m a general contractor. Wrong person. Sorry.” Later, McBroom admitted to denying his identity to the publication while also trying to backpedal on the tweet. He said that his use of the word “history” was misunderstood and he was referring to the temptation people get to spend large payouts instead of saving them.
“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. To be frank with you, they don’t have a pot to piss in,” McBroom said. “I see it time and time again and I just shake my head and say why wasn’t there anyone to help that person?”
When asked about specifically including crack cocaine in his tweet McBroom denied that it had anything to do with race and referred to Minneapolis having an “epidemic” of crack cocaine and opioid use. He also denied that he said the words “crack cocaine” in the tweet.
Rice County Chief Deputy Jesse Thomas said Wednesday that he will be reviewing the incident.