According to The Hill, the Wilmington Police Department in North Carolina has fired three officers after an internal investigation revealed they made several racist comments including “slaughtering” Black people and having a second Civil War to “wipe out” African Americans.
In a Wednesday statement, Wilmington Chief Donny William shared that officers Kevin Piner, Brian Gilmore, and Cpl. Jessie Moore was relieved of their duties over misconduct, violations of the department’s policies, and the use of hate-filled and threatening language.
Their disturbing comments were revealed during a routine video audit of the officers’ body cameras in early June. A supervisor doing the audit came across two recordings from Piner’s police car that were “accidental activations.” The officers can be heard talking about the protests in Wilmington and across the country. The three officers also said offensive things about their department and some other officers including Black officers in particular. In addition to that, the officers used racial slurs.
According to the news site, the supervisor also heard Piner telling Moore that he was going to buy a gun and that he was “ready” for a second Civil War. Moore, however, said he would not do that. “Officer Piner then explained to Cpl. Moore that he felt society needed a Civil War to ‘wipe ’em off the f**k**g map. That’ll put ’em back about four or five generations,’” details from the recordings revealed. Moore responded saying, “you’re crazy.”
A report by the police department labeled their conversations “extremely racist.”
It was said that the fired cops neither denied nor contested the recordings. However, they admitted that they were just “venting” their frustrations. They also claimed they were dealing with stress from their employment. Still, a report from the investigation stated that none of the officers believed they were being racists, the international Business times reports.
The former officers who worked in the department for more than 20 years will be banned from working for the city ever again, and Wilmington Police will talk with the District Attorney to investigate whether any prior discrimination could have occurred during their careers.
Chief Williams, whose first day as the new Chief was on Wednesday, said Moore, Piner, and Gilmore were terminated to “maintain public confidence in the city’s administration and the police department.” according to Port City Daily.
“Why are we releasing this information this way and at this time? Because it is the right thing to do,” Williams said. “Normally, personnel laws allow only a very small amount of information to be made public. However, in exceptional cases, when it is essential to maintain public confidence in the administration of the City and the Police Department, more information may be released. This is the most exceptional and difficult case I have encountered in my career,” he added. “We must establish new reforms for policing here at home and throughout this country.”