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Coast Guard Officer On Florence Duty ‘Removed’ After Making A ‘White-Power’ Sign Gesture On MSNBC

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Coast Guard Officer On Florence Duty ‘Removed’ After Making A ‘White-Power’ Sign Gesture On MSNBC




A US Coast Guard member was removed from his duties on the Hurricane Florence response team after making an “offensive” hand symbol during an MSNBC live TV segment on Friday evening, US Coast Guard officials confirmed in a statement.

In the viral clip, an unidentified man with a crew cut was sitting behind Sector Charleston Commanding Officer Capt. John Reed during the interview, when he briefly looked at the camera and made the “okay” hand gesture behind his ear — seen by many as a symbol of “white power.”



“We are aware of the offensive video on twitter – the Coast Guard has identified the member and removed him from the response. His actions do not reflect those of the United States Coast Guard,” the agency tweeted Friday night.

In a statement to media outlets, The Coast Guard called the social media firestorm a “frustrating distraction” from their ongoing response to Florence and confirmed that the man will remain off duty pending an internal investigation.





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