YORK COUNTY, Va.-- A sheriff's deputy's choice to appear in blackface as part of a Halloween costume created an uproar after pictures of the deputy surfaced on Facebook.
The York-James City-Williamsburg Branch of the NAACP said in a news release it was "appalled" by the photographs which show the deputy dressed as Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. The deputy poses with someone wearing a costume of President Donald Trump.
Democrat Wilson and the president engaged in a back-and-forth after a call Trump placed to the widow of a service member who was killed.
The release from the NAACP said that during a meeting with York County officials to address its concerns, the consensus of those who attended was that the deputy's "decision to dress in blackface was wholly inappropriate and completely unacceptable."
Branch leadership said that despite the fact that officials recognized the NAACP's concerns were legitimate "it was clear the the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office would take no disciplinary action."
The news release added that someone who attended the meeting told the branch's president, Brian J. Smalls, that had the deputy "been wearing a 'noose' or a derogatory sign, disciplinary action would be appropriate."
The sheriff's office told 13News Now that the office would hold a news conference to address the situation at 8 p.m. Wednesday.