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Three police officers in Wilmington, North Carolina have been fired after video was found of them speaking about “slaughtering” black people. The police department announced the firing of officer James Gilmore, Cpl. Jesse Moore II and officer Kevin Piner during a news conference Wednesday.
According to a department report, Piner, speaking of African Americans, said: “Wipe ’em off the f—— map. That’ll put ’em back about four or five generations.”
Piner, who said he planned to buy an assault rife, also said, ““We are just going to go out and start slaughtering them f—— n——.”
A supervisor running a routine inspection of in-car camera video from Piner’s patrol car discovered the recorded conversations between Piner and Gilmore as well as Piner and Moore.
“The conversations included disrespectful language, hate-filled speech and referred to black people as the ‘N’ word,” said Williams, who is Black. “They also criticized me, several black officers within the agency and made negative comments about individuals outside of the agency. They made negative comments about the Black Lives Matter protests and were critical of our response. The 46-minute and 12-second conversations were brutally offensive and deserved immediate action.”
In comments to Gilmore, Piner said local police only cared about “kneeling down with the black folks.” Gilmore responded by saying that white people were now “worshiping blacks.”
Later in the recording, in a conversation with Piner about a recent arrest of a Black woman, Moore said: “She needed a bullet in the head right then and move on. Let’s move the body out of the way and keep going.”
Williams said he has recommended that the three officers not be eligible for rehire at the City of Wilmington, and chief plans to notify the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission.