New Jersey Correctional Officer Suspended For Saying Murdered 5-Year Old Cannon Hinnant “Should’ve Ducked”

A New Jersey correctional officer has been suspended from his duties at the Cumberland County Juvenile Detention Center after a Facebook post in which he stated that murdered five year old child Cannon Hinnant “should’ve ducked,” blaming Hinnant’s parents for his murder. Rome Smith claimed that those bringing attention to Hinnant’s death were “trying to sneak diss and discredit a black person being killed innocently by police.”

Cumberland County officials condemned his despicable comments about the heinous murder and confirmed that Smith had been suspended from his duties as a correctional officer in a statement released Tuesday. “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.

It’s unclear if Smith is facing the possibility of termination for his social media postings. Considering he’s a juvenile officer tasked with working with minors, there’s a serious question as to what looks like hardened racial bias affecting his job performance.

All of Smith’s social media accounts appeared to be deactivated shortly after he was busted for downplaying Hinnant’s murder.

Hinnant, a white five-year old child, was murdered by black 25-year old Darius Sessoms in Wilson, North Carolina. Hinnant was doing no more than riding his bike through his family’s neighborhood, when witnesses allege that Sessoms approached the innocent child and shot him point blank in the head.

The mainstream media has almost entirely ignored the senseless murder, but that hasn’t prevented the tragic event from gaining publicity on social media and alternative news platforms. Legacy dinosaur outlets such as CNN and NBC were finally forced to report on the shocking crime after being blasted for their silence and ignorance of the event.


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