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Allegany NAACP Chapter Accuses Commissioners President of Shaming Victims of Alleged Racism

January 15th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

The Allegany County Branch of the NAACP is taking Commissioners President Jake Shade to task for comments he recently posted on social media relating to alleged racist incidents in the area. It began in December when a Middle Eastern family claimed to have been subjected to a number of racial intimidation incidents during a recent visit to the Deep Creek Lake area.  A few weeks later, the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement indicating that the claims had been investigated and no credible evidence was found to substantiate the assertions. Shortly after the police report was issued, Commissioner Shade used Facebook as a platform to provide commentary.  He was critical of the family for seemingly providing false information to law enforcement, while at the same time tarnishing  Western Maryland’s reputation. During the County Commissioners meeting, County Attorney Lee Beeman read an email from NAACP representatives into the public record. The email chastised Shade for “shaming” the victims while ignoring the problems of racism in the area…