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Posted: Wednesday, 17 July 2013 3:00PM

Target Of Racial Slur By Reserve Deputy Speaks Out

The woman who was the target of a racial slur in a Facebook conversation over the death of Trayvon Martin and trial of George Zimmerman is speaking out. Nikki Nelson spoke to WSJM News about being called the "n" word by a man who used to be one of her teachers in Benton Harbor, and who is also a Berrien County reserve sheriff's deputy. Nelson says when Scott Morris called her that word last Thursday, she was dumbfounded.


She says she'd known Morris since he was one of her teachers in middle school. He also taught at Benton Harbor High School. Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey says an investigation is underway, and Morris has been placed on leave. As a volunteer with the department, he's not paid for the 16 hours a month that he serves with the BCSD. During the lengthy thread on the trial, Morris identified himself as a deputy and was defending the action taken by Zimmerman when the unarmed 17-year-old Martin was killed.


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