A Maryland sheriff finally yielded to pressure and will resign for making racist remarks and for intimidating workers in his department, the Washington Post reports.
Howard County Sheriff James F. Fitzgerald had refused to step down at a Sept. 29 news conference following the release of a report that accused him of making the disparaging remarks.
But on Tuesday, County Council Chairman Calvin Ball issued a statement saying that Fitzgerald will leave his position on Saturday. The sheriff, who was serving his third term, faced public protests and the threat of impeachment.
Calls for his resignation also came from the governor’s office. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) called Fitzgerald’s comments “disturbing,” according to the Post.
The county’s Office of Human Rights’ report found that the sheriff belittled the intelligence of his African-American deputies and often described them using the N-word. It also accused him of making anti-Semitic comments, including calling a county executive a “Jew-boy.”
A former deputy, who accused Fitzgerald of retaliation for not supporting his reelection, filed the complaint that led to the investigation.
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