Three North Carolina Cops Sacked From Force After Making Racist Threats Caught On Video
On Tuesday the Wilmington, North Carolina Police Department fired three officers who were caught on video making racist threats. One officer even expressed readiness for a civil war to eliminate all black people. Cpl. Jessie Moore and officers Kevin Piner and Brian Gilmore are the three officers in question.
Wilmington City Manager Sterling Cheatham met with the City Council and it was decided to allow Police Chief Donny Williams to publicly discuss the case. Williams said at a press conference on Wednesday, “When I first learned of these conversations, I was shocked, saddened, and disgusted. There is no place for this behavior in our agency or our city and it will not be tolerated.” According to CBS Wilmington affiliate WWAY-TV, this is the first case for Williams as police chief and he said the case is “the most exceptional and difficult.”
The video came to light when a sergeant was doing a routine monthly video audit on Piner’s car. She came across a recording labeled “accidental activation.” When she heard the “extremely racist” comments by Piner and Moore she got in touch with the administrator for the camera system. The comments in the 46-minute video include referring to black people as “negro” and other racial slurs. On the back end of the video Piner exclaims to Moore that he is ready for a civil war. He explains that he is going to buy a new assault rifle and then “we are just going to go out and start slaughtering them (expletive)” blacks. “I can’t wait. God, I can’t wait.”
Piner also expressed to Moore that a civil war was necessary to “wipe them off the (expletive) map. That’ll put them back about four or five generations.” The recording comes to an end after that. The officers are not denying that it is them on the tape but deny being racist. The officers blame the stress of dealing with public scrutiny after the police killing of George Floyd sparked protests against police.
Police Chief Williams had this to say about morale in his department while talking to WWAY, “Morale just hasn’t been at its best. Some officers may feel that they’re not liked right now. But I will say this – resilience. They continue to come to work. They work long hours, and they do what we ask them to do. As I said earlier, we have some great officers. My biggest fear with all of this is the goodwill all be painted with the same brush that the bad will be painted with.”
On top of the three officers being fired all of their cases are also under review.