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Kevin Piner, Cpl. Jessie Moore and Brian Gilmore, three police officers from Wilmington, North Carolina, were fired after their department discovered a video of patrol car conversations containing violent and racist comments about blacks, officials said on Wednesday.

Wilmington Police Department launched a lawsuit on Tuesday

The Wilmington Police Department launched a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Cpl. Jessie Moore and officers Kevin Piner and Brian Gilmore. All were accused of violating standards of conduct, criticized and using inappropriate language.

Police chief Donny Williams said

Police chief Donny Williams said at a news conference on Wednesday that “with the approval of the city council and under the direction of city manager Sterling Cheatham,” he was publishing a summary of the investigation.

“When I heard about those conversations, I was shocked, sad and disgusted,” said Williams. “There is no room for this behavior in our agency or in our city and it will not be tolerated.”

The recorded conversations by Gilmore, Piner and Moore were discovered on June 4 during a routine audit of Piner’s onboard camera, according to documents released by the police department.

“The conversations included disrespectful language, hate speech and referred to blacks as the word N,” said the police chief, adding that the police also criticized him, several black police officers at the agency and made negative comments about people outside the agency. In addition, they made negative comments about the Black Lives Matter protests and criticized the Wilmington Police Department’s response, he said.

Images of Piner’s car, classified as “accidental activation” of the VCR

A sergeant who examined the images of Piner’s car, classified as “accidental activation” of the VCR, initially noticed “extremely racist comments” during a conversation between Piner and Moore. These observations led the supervisor to take a closer look at the video, which captured agents using the word N and other racist language.

An internal investigation followed.

After 46 minutes of the video, Piner and Gilmore start talking to their respective cars, according to the police summary.

The conversation turns to the subject of protests across the country after George Floyd, a black man, died in May, after a white Minneapolis police officer put his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes.

Piner complains in an apparent reference to his own department that his only concern was “kneeling with blacks”.

About 30 minutes later, Piner receives a call from Moore, who in the call repeatedly refers to a black woman he arrested the day before as “black” and then uses the word N, the summary says. Moore also calls a black magistrate “f —— black magistrate”.

Moore says, “Not all black people are like that,” according to the summary. Piner replies, “Most of them”.

Piner told Moore later in the phone conversation that a civil war is approaching and that he is “ready”.

Piner starts talking about martial law and says, “We’re just going to go out and start killing them with words p. – N words. I can’t wait. God, I can’t wait.”

Moore replied that he would not do that. Piner says, “I’m ready,” according to the summary.

Piner tells Moore that society needs a civil war to “wipe them off the map f ——. This will bring them back for four or five generations”.

Investigation

According to the investigation, the police were interviewed separately and admitted that it was their voice in the video and did not deny any content.

Each police officer denied being racist, according to the summary of the investigation. Law enforcement officials cited the current climate stress in law enforcement as a reason for their “evacuation”.

Gilmore, 48, could not be reached immediately by phone for comment on Thursday. Piner, 44, and Moore, 50, did not immediately return requests for comment by phone and email on Thursday.

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said on Wednesday afternoon that the city council unanimously agreed to release the material from the officers’ conversations, despite such an action to undermine the confidentiality of personal files.

“I can honestly say that I was disgusted by the vile and destructive language used by these officers,” said Saffo.

Williams said in a statement on Wednesday: “Normally, personnel laws only allow the disclosure of a very small amount of information. However, in exceptional cases, when it is essential to maintain public confidence in the city administration and department. police, more information can be released “.

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