Three North Carolina police officers were terminated Tuesday after they were caught on dashcam footage conversing with racial slurs and talking about killing black people.
“We are just gonna go out and start slaughtering them fucking n*****s,” one of the officers said, according to a report released by the Wilmington Police Department. “I can’t wait. God, I can’t wait.”Officer Michael Piner’s patrol car dashcam was reportedly activated by accident, recording two racially charged conversations with Cpl. Jesse Moore and Officer James Gilmore.
A Wilmington Police sergeant discovered the conversations during a routine audit of the patrol car footage on June 4, and all three were later fired, the report said.
Moore allegedly referred to a black female arrestee as a “n*****” and a “negro” in a phone conversation with Piner and said she “needed a bullet in her head.” The dialogue continued as Piner said “most” black people are bad, to which Moore responded “90 fucking percent of ’em,” according to the report.
Piner allegedly told Moore after the conversation progressed that he was “ready” for a civil war and that he was looking to acquire a new so-called “assault rifle” amid anticipated “Marshall Law.”
Gilmore and Piner spoke about the nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd, who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes, video showed. Piner said the only thing concerning his police agency was “kneeling down with the black folks,” according to the recording.
People are “worshipping blacks,” Gilmore apparently said. “How many times have I told you it’s almost like they think they’re their own god?” (RELATED: ‘No Criminality’ In Case Of NYPD Officers Sickened By Shake Shack Milkshakes, Police Investigating Cause)
“Our agency is hurting today because individuals who we believed honored their oath of office violated it and ripped at the very fabric of our family. Please pray for us as we heal and become better because of this challenge,” Wilmington Police Chief Donny Williams said in a statement. “Please don’t judge our officers based on the conduct of a few. We have great officers who work for our agency and I proudly stand with them and beside them.”
2nd part of the statement released by Chief Williams. pic.twitter.com/RvTrmbvA12
— Wilmington Police (@WilmingtonPD) June 24, 2020
All three officers admitted it was their voice on the recorded footage. They said they were only “venting.”
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