An Arkansas sheriff resigned Friday after coming under fire over a leaked racist recording. Sheriff Todd Wright of Arkansas County, about 85 miles southeast of Little Rock, resigned effective immediately on Friday during a public meeting on the incident at the county’s Quorum Court, which is its governing legislative body.The meeting, which was recorded live and posted on Facebook, was held after a local news outlet, the Pine Bluff Commercial, identified Wright as the man heard in a five-minute audio recording delivering a racist rant.
According to the local outlet, Wright is heard on the recording, which has been widely shared on social media, becoming upset that a woman he was with spoke to a Black person in a store.Throughout the recording, the woman refers to the man as “Todd.” The man in the recording uses a racial slur against Black people about nine times.(NBC)
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Here is the leaked audio of Arkansas Sheriff Todd Wright, who is FURIOUS that his girlfriend spoke to a Black man at the grocery store.
Every case this man EVER TOUCHED must be reopened or dismissed.
He’s an overt bigot.
Imagine how his racism has fueled his policing. pic.twitter.com/ghcLxqETVf
— Shaun King (@shaunking) August 30, 2020