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September 15, 2018

Coast Guard member removed from duty after hateful gesture on television

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A member of the U.S. Coast Guard has been removed from duty after flashing a white power hand gesture during a live interview.

The incident took place on Friday, September 14, 2018, while Captain John Reed talked about the response operations regarding hurricane Florence.

The news was revealed through the U.S. Coast Guard Twitter and the agency shared that the man's actions do not reflect those of the uniformed service.

According to Coast Guard Lieutenant J.B. Zorn, the man, whose identity is yet to be revealed, will no longer be on active duty and the case is currently under investigation. Follow us on our Twitter account @amomama_usa to learn more.

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Zorn added that 'whatever the symbol means, it doesn't reflect the Coast Guard' and its values, so 'it won't be tolerated.' The images couldn't be clearer, though.

UNTHINKABLE ACTION

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While the interview is taking place, the man, who can be seen sitting at a desk, notices the camera pointing in his direction and casually lifts his right hand to do the white power hand signal.

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So far, it isn't known what sort of disciplinary action the man faces, but many people online were offended by the hateful gesture and demanded justice to be done.

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PUBLIC OUTRAGE

Jann Gobble, a Twitter user, was outraged and said that the official should be discharged. The opinion was shared by Janet S., who believes that the unidentified man should be expelled from the Coast Guard

A TRUE HERO

But one man doesn't represent a whole group, and Coast Guard Zac Edwards recently proved just that by saving a drowning teenager in the middle of his own wedding.

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Edwards had just finished saying 'I do' to wife Cindy when he was forced to run into the water to save Jamel Robinson, an 18-year-old who was struggling with the strong currents.

Although Edwards wasn't able to bring him back to shore, the official stayed with Robinson until they were both rescued by the emergency services via jet ski. A truly heroic deed.

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