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Thursday, June 25, 2020
3 North Carolina police officers fired after conversation about 'slaughtering' Black people and the need for a second Civil War
Three police officers in North Carolina have been fired after they were heard on camera making racist comments, including the use of racial epithets and references to “slaughtering” Black people, police said Wednesday.
Wilmington Police Chief Donny Williams said Cpl. Jessie Moore and officers James Gilmore and Kevin Piner would be fired for misconduct after an internal investigation “uncovered extensive violations” of the department's policies, including its standard of conduct and use of appropriate language.
“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."
The investigation started a result of a supervisor’s routine inspection of a video from officer Piner’s in-car camera, Williams said.
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