OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) — A hospital in Tennessee has fired a worker who was photographed wearing a racist shirt while voting in Mississippi.
News outlets report that Regional One Health in Memphis says its investigation into the image shared online led to the man being fired. A photo posted to Twitter shows the man at a polling place wearing a shirt that has a Confederate flag with a noose in the center and the words "Mississippi Justice."
"I was in line with my boys at the same time. I was disgusted and horrified. We all were. He does not speak for the majority of our city. I wish I had spoken up but I didn’t want to bring attention to him," one Twitter user wrote.
The hospital's statement didn't identify the man, but he has been identified online as a registered nurse, Clayton John Hickey.
Hickey is a former Memphis police officer who resigned in 2010 when found with a 17-year-old girl and open containers of alcohol in his car. News outlets say attempts to contact him have been unsuccessful.