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Voter who wore Confederate shirt with noose is being fired from hospital job, reports say

Clayton Hickey has been identified by local outlets as the Olive Branch, Mississippi, man wearing a racist T-shirt with a Confederate flag and a noose. He is a former cop and worker at Regional One Health.
Clayton Hickey has been identified by local outlets as the Olive Branch, Mississippi, man wearing a racist T-shirt with a Confederate flag and a noose. He is a former cop and worker at Regional One Health. Screenshot from @smokeydaQue1212

Local media outlets have identified the man who wore a racist T-shirt while voting Tuesday as a hospital employee and former police officer.

And Regional One Health, the hospital he works at, announced that they are firing the man because of his shirt, according to NBC2.

According to WMC, Clayton Hickey — who works for Regional One Health hospital in Memphis, Tennessee — wore a Confederate flag shirt that featured a noose and the phrase “Mississippi Justice” while he cast his vote in Olive Branch, Mississippi, for the 2018 midterms.

Hickey has obtained an EMT license, according to LocalMemphis, and The Commercial Appeal reported that he is a nurse at Regional One Health.

Regional One Health released a statement to NBC-2, saying an investigation “led to the termination of the employee in question.”

“We are committed to upholding our mission to provide compassionate care and exceptional services to all,” the statement read. “This includes fostering a safe and protected work and care environment for all. Behaviors contrary to these principles are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

Along with WMC, The Commercial Appeal identified the man as Hickey and reported that before working for the hospital, he was a police officer in Memphis, Tennessee. LocalMemphis reported that no one answered the door at Hickey’s residence.

Buzzfeed News pointed to a 2010 story from The Memphis Flyer that revealed Hickey was arrested for having an open container of alcohol while with a 17-year-old girl behind an elementary school. He later resigned as a police officer in 2010 because of that, WMC reported.

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A person identified only by his first name Rashaud shared an image of the man wearing a racist shirt on Facebook, but it was later deleted, according to Buzzfeed News. It was then posted on Twitter by a friend of Rashaud, whom Buzzfeed didn’t identify with his full name “because of safety concerns.” The tweet has since amassed over 5,000 retweets and another 6,000 shares.

Yet while the shirt offended many online, Election Commissioner Barry Chatham told Local Memphis that it’s legal to wear the shirt inside the polls.

“I was shocked when I saw it,” he told the outlet, “but there wasn’t anything we can do.

“I’m sorry it happened,” he added. “I apologize to anyone who was offended, but what can we do?”

York County Judge Jack Kimball threw out a lawsuit filed by a North Carolina man Thursday. Plaintiff Russell Walker demanded county officials put a Confederate flag and other items back in the main courtroom of the York County Courthouse.

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