A police officer in Franklin, Tennessee has been fired after he was caught on video high-fiving a self-described “big Donald Trump supporter” who was yelling the N-word in a bar parking lot.
The Tennessean reports that former Franklin Police Officer Seth Schilling late last year was called to a disturbance at a local bar, where an employee of the bar complained about a group of men causing a disturbance and yelling out racial slurs.
When Schilling arrived at the bar, he found a group of men in the bar parking lot, whom he questioned about the alleged disturbance.
One of the men responded by yelling out the N-word as a celebration of his Constitutionally protected free speech.
“N*gger!” yelled the man, according to video footage reviewed by the Tennessean. “See! First Amendment! First Amendment!”
The man also told Schilling that he was a “big Donald Trump supporter,” to which Schilling replied that he was as well — and then proceeded to give the man a high five.
“When Schilling was questioned about the high-five during an administrative interview, he said it was because the man was a Trump supporter, but after reviewing the video a second time said it was for the freedom of speech comment,” reports the Tennessean.
Schilling also told investigators that he didn’t give the man a high five for using the N-word and he said that “the conversation was getting a little weird and it was honestly just trying to keep the situation calm.”