An African-American deputy with the Dekalb County, Georgia Sheriff's Office was forced to resign, three days before his retirement because he, reportedly, wore an Afro wig while patrolling traffic.
Channel 2 Action News reports that Deputy Antonio Perryman was told he, “disgraced the uniform.” Perryman says he wore the wig because he wanted to shake things up during his last few days at work.
“You know that made me feel a little joyous about that being my last week,” Perryman told the news station. “My plan was to finish with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office with 20 years of service, and I got robbed from that.”
Perryman claims the public seemed to have fun with the wig and took pictures while he patrolled traffic near the county courthouse.
Channel 2 reports that Perryman’s records will not reflect that he retired, however, he is expected to receive all the pay he’s owed in his retirement package. He told the news station, following the incident, he received a late-night phone call from a supervisor, forcing him to resign.
"I was later informed by Chief Maddox that she and the sheriff were totally upset over the Afro wig and told me that I disgraced the uniform," Perryman said. "When she told me that, I just got numb. Like, ‘I disgraced the uniform?'"
The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office declined Channel 2’s request for comment, citing the matter was personal.
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