Two people removed from RNC after taunting black camera operator
August 29th, 2012
07:58 AM ET
11 years ago

Two people removed from RNC after taunting black camera operator

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Two people were removed from the Republican National Convention Tuesday after they threw nuts at an African-American CNN camera operator and said, “This is how we feed animals.”

Multiple witnesses observed the exchange and RNC security and police immediately removed the two people from the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

The convention released a statement saying, “Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated."

CNN also acknowledged the incident, saying, "CNN can confirm there was an incident directed at an employee inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum earlier this afternoon. CNN worked with convention officials to address this matter and will have no further comment.”

The convention began its first full session on Tuesday after being delayed a day by what was then Tropical Storm Isaac. It continues through Thursday when Mitt Romney is expected to accept the party’s nomination as its presidential candidate.

Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Republican National Convention
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Diane Butler

    Unbridled racism!! Deplorable behavior!! So sad that racism is so rampant, but kept close to the vest in order to blend in and save face of the perperator. Lived in South my entire life, and I am white. All other races are discriminated against, not just blacks.

    August 29, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. Enuff

    The GOP show their true colors. This election isn't about policies for the GOP, it is about removing the Black Man from the WHITEY House.

    August 29, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. Vince

    I guess those two did not have names.

    August 29, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
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