BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - A veteran Brevard County
sheriff's deputy is now facing a reprimand for his handling of the George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin controversy.
Corporal Chris Wood told his supervisors he was trying to send a message about keeping professional and personal opinions separate in the workplace when he brought an Arizona ice tea and a bag of Skittles to the Brevard County Jail on Saturday morning.
He told supervisors he was trying to send a message about professionalism, but the message was lost in translation.
In 10 years with the Sheriff's Office, Wood has never had any disciplinary action taken against him until the incident.
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said Wood made a bad choice and has otherwise been a stellar employee.
Those two items were focal points in the trial of Zimmerman, who was recently acquitted of the murder of 17-year-old Martin.
"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," Ivey said.
Wood is facing a written reprimand. Ivey said
he's already met with his supervisors about the props he brought to the jail and apologized to his squad.
"He's going to attend a sensitivity training and we move on," Ivey said.
Ivey said what Wood did reflected poorly on the agency, and said he wants everyone to learn from their mistakes.