Chad Palmer, a Camden County, Ga., deputy sheriff, is under scrutiny for painting his face black and dressing up as a prisoner for a Halloween party.
A picture shows him in a black-and-white prison uniform. He can be seen with black paint covering his face and arms, wearing a jail uniform.
At the party, he said he was a Camden County inmate, and was picking cotton.
A spokesman for Sheriff Jim Proctor says the costume was "unacceptable." Proctor is scheduled to discuss the incident during a news conference.
There have been strong reactions from the community, as you would expect.
"Look at it. A white man with a black face, this just isn't right. It can't get more racist than that. It can't," said Shelia Blake. "I think this is disgusting."