Florida sheriff's deputy reprimanded after bringing iced tea and Skittles to work in 'inappropriate' and 'insensitive' gesture
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 16:00 EST, 19 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:46 EST, 19 July 2013
A sheriff's deputy was suspended on Thursday after bringing a can of Arizona Ice Tea and a bag of Skittles to work at a Florida county jail.
These items have become deeply symbolic in the controversial trial of George Zimmerman, as they were being carried by Trayvon Martin when he died in Sanford, Florida, in February 2012.
Corporal Chris Wood brought the candy and soda in last Saturday to try and make a misplaced point about separating professional and personal opinions in the workplace.
Inappropriate: Corporal Chris Wood (left) was reprimanded after bring Skittles and iced tea into work for the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. The items have become potent symbols in the George Zimmerman trial and subsequent protests (right)
Wrong: Wood's superiors at the Brevard County Sheriff's Office (pictured) saw the gesture as 'offensive' and 'insensitive'
But his superiors saw the gesture as 'offensive' and 'insensitive', and Wood was suspended - his first disciplinary action in 10 years of service for the sheriff's office.
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said that: 'His delivery of that message was completely insensitive to not only the people in the room, and the things that were going on in our community, and our society, at that point, and that's what stimulated us looking at it.'
According to WFTV, Wood has been given a written reprimand and also he will be made to attend sensitivity and interpersonal training.
The corporal has already apologized for 'unclear and potentially divisive message' and also to his colleagues.
Evidence: Skittles were presented evidence at the trial of George Zimmerman, who was cleared of murdering teenager Trayvon Martin
Ivey said that his deputy was attempting to make a statement about dividing professional and personal sentiment during the long and emotional trial.
'Deputy Wood obviously underestimated the depth and varying personal opinions of his coworkers and now realizes that his message and delivery was poorly constructed and inappropriate,' Ivey continued.
The sheriff said that up until now Wood had enjoyed a 'stellar' career. 'He's going to attend a sensitivity training and we move on,' Ivey concluded.
Protests: The items have been used in protest as they are what the 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is reported to have been carrying when he was killed by neighborhood watch person, George Zimmerman in February 2012
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