Black N.J. Correctional officer Suspended for Saying Murdered 5-Year-Old Cannon Hinnant “Should’ve Ducked”

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NJ – Cumberland County correctional officer Rome Smith, who works for the county’s juvenile detention unit has been suspended after posting on Facebook that 5-year-old Cannon Hinnan, a white child, should have ducked when he was brutally shot and murdered by 25-year-old Darius Sessoms, a black man.  Many believe the child’s murder was racially motivated.

“He should’ve ducked” Rome said. “Y’all always trying to sneak diss and discredit a black person being killed innocently by police. Blame cannon’s parents for not watching him.”

All of Smith’s social media pages are now either private or have been deleted.

We will not tolerate County employees using social media to broadcast hateful messages,” said Cumberland County Freeholder Director Joseph Derella. “This is not who we are and we intend to pursue the strongest action available to us.”

Hinnant was murdered by Sessoms while riding his bike outside his family’s home in Wilson, North Carolina when he was shot in the head and killed. Sessoms is being held in jail on first-degree murder charges.


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