Firing Nakedly Racist Cops Is Just the First Step in Addressing Racially Biased Policing
A North Carolina police department fired three officers this week for making some disturbingly racist comments.
James Gilmore, Jesse Moore, and Kevin Piner were dismissed from their positions in the Wilmington Police Department (WPD) after the comments were uncovered during a routine inspection of Piner’s in-car camera this month. The comments were made in separate conversations with Gilmore and Moore.
In one of the recorded conversations, Piner muses about an impending civil war, declaring: “We are just gonna go out and start slaughtering them fucking niggers.” At another point, Moore refers to a black woman he arrested as a “nigger” and calls a black judge a “fucking Negro magistrate.” The conversations also degrade protesters, drug users, and even fellow officers: Piner, for example, calls a co-worker a “pussy” for discouraging Moore from breaking an uncooperative woman’s car window.
“There are certain behaviors that one must have in order to be a police officer and these three officers have demonstrated that they do not possess it,” Wilmington Police Chief Donny Williams wrote in a statement. “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
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