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.
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.
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?”