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US election 2012

Two people kicked out of RNC over alleged racist comments

One person was seen throwing nuts at a black woman and saying, “This is how we feed animals”.

AMERICAN BROADCASTER CNN has confirmed that one of its camera operators was involved in an incident which led to two people being ejected from the Republican National Convention in Florida yesterday.

The pair were removed from the Tampa Bay Times Forum after they allegedly threw nuts at an African-American camera woman and said, “This is how we feed animals.”

The broadcaster said there are a number of witnesses to the incident and police and RNC security acted immediately.

The convention later released a statement describing the conduct as “deplorable”, “inexcusable and unacceptable”. Organisers added that such behaviour “will not be tolerated”.

CNN issued a separate statement:

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 incident was first reported by Take Action News reporter David Shuster on Twitter:

The convention got underway yesterday and Mitt Romney has already been declared the party’s nominee for the US Presidency. He will be Barack Obama’s main challenge in the November election.

More: Republican National Convention gets underway in Florida>

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