Shocking expression of racist sentiments forces North Carolina police department to fire three officers
After reviewing in-car camera recording of their conversation about needing a civil war to ‘wipe African Americans off the map’ the cops were released by the dept
Cpl. Jesse E. Moore II, 50, officers James B. Gilmore, 48, and Michael K. Piner, 44, were fired Tuesday
They were caught on in-car cameras making racial slurs and calling for civil war
Moore referred to a Black female he’d arrested as a ‘negro’ and used a racial slur
She “needed a bullet in her head right then and move on,” Moore said
Piner said he was “going to go out and start slaughtering them f****** n******”
Piner said a civil war was needed to “wipe them off the f****** map”
“That’ll put them back about four or five generations,” he said
Police Chief Donny Williams, appointed on Tuesday, said he was ‘disgusted’
In the course of the internal investigation the officers admitted it was their voices on the video and didn’t deny any of the content, but denied that they were racists
‘There is no place for this behavior in our agency or our city and it will not be tolerated.’
Williams only took up the role the day before, after 29 years service in the force.
He replaced Ralph Evangelous, who retired from the WPD in January.
Authorities in Wilmington, NC on Wednesday announced that three police officers – Cpl. Jessie Moore, and officers Kevin Piner and Brian Gilmore – have been fired for making racial slurs
Michael Kevin Piner, Jesse E. Moore II and James B. Gilmore were identified Wednesday afternoon at a news conference at Wilmington police headquarters [photo]. Moore and Gilmore have worked for the department since 1997, and Piner was hired in 1998.
According to documents released by the police department, a sergeant was conducting a video audit as part of a monthly inspection and was reviewing footage from Piner’s car that had been classified as ‘accidental activation.’
After the sergeant listened to the conversation and determined comments made by Piner and Moore were ‘extremely racist,’ she contacted the department administrator for the camera system.
At the 46-minute mark of the video, officers Piner and Gilmore began talking from their respective cars, at which time Piner criticized the department, saying its only concern was ‘kneeling down with the black folks.’
Gilmore said he saw a video on social media that he described as “white people bowing down on their knees and ‘worshiping blacks,’” the report said.
Throughout their conversation, which is also summarized in the report, the men use the n-word repeatedly, in reference to suspects and people outside the department.
In one exchange about 30 minutes later, Piner received a phone call from Corporal Moore who referred to a black woman he had arrested the day before, using a the racial slur ‘negro’ and saying she “needed a bullet in her head right then and move on.”
Piner responded, “That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you.”
Later in the conversation, Piner told Cpl Moore that he felt a civil war was coming and that he was “ready” and going to buy a new assault rifle.
“We are just going to go out and start slaughtering them,” the report quotes Officer Piner, referring to black people with an expletive and racial slur.
Wilmington Police Dept announces termination of three officers for racist remarks caught on video
He repeated the use of the slur in describing a black magistrate, and Moore used a gay slur to describe the magistrate as well.
Partial transcript of exchange between RACIST North Carolina cops:
Wilmington Police Department’s only concern is ‘kneeling down with the black folks.’
Civil war is coming and he is going to buy a new assault rifle, and ‘we are just going to go out and start slaughtering them f****** n******. I can’t wait. God, I can’t wait.’
He feel a civil war is needed to ‘wipe them off the f****** map. That’ll put them back about four or five generations.’
Refers to a black woman as a ‘negro’ and uses a racial slur.
Piner said he was going to buy a new assault rifle, and soon ‘we are just going to go out and start slaughtering them f****** n******’.
‘I can’t wait. God, I can’t wait.’
Moore responded that he would not do that.
Piner then told Moore that he felt a civil war was needed to ‘wipe them off the f****** map.’
He continued: ‘That’ll put them back about four or five generations.’
Moore told Piner he was ‘crazy,’ and the recording stopped a short time later.
According to police, the officers admitted it was their voices on the video and didn’t deny any of the content.
While the officers denied that they were racists, they blamed their comments on the stress on law enforcement in light of the protests over the death of George Floyd.
Floyd, a Black man, died last month after a Minneapolis police officer put his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes.
In addition to being fired, cases involving the Wilmington officers will be reviewed by the district attorney’s office to determine if they committed any crimes or showed bias toward criminal defendants.
Williams said he will recommend the three officers not be rehired by notifying the N.C. Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission about their behavior.