Arkansas County Sheriff Todd Wright has resigned after he was allegedly recorded using racist slurs against black people.
The shocking five-minute audio recording quickly went viral after it began circulating on Facebook late Wednesday night.
In the recording, a man uses the n-word nine times after becoming upset that a woman he was with spoke to a black person inside a Piggly Wiggly grocery store.
He can be heard calling the woman a “n**** lover.”
“I don’t understand why you’re so mad at me,” the woman said in response.
“Why you got to holler a f*cking n****rs when I’m around,” he replied.
Wright’s resignation was announced Friday after a special Quorum Court meeting was held this morning to address the recording.
Arkansas County Judge Eddie Best said several people spoke during the meeting who knew the sheriff and asked the sheriff to get help.
“Wright’s resignation was effective immediately. But according to Best, Wright will still receive a contract labor check for the next month to help the sheriff’s office move forward after his departure,” reports KATV. “Wright will not be paid for insurance or retirement during that period.”
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