*Three police officers in Wilmington, North Carolina were fired Wednesday after being caught on their own dashcam video fantasizing about killing black people. Apparently, they forgot that their dashcam videos are routinely audited.
During an audit on June 4, a Wilmington PD Sgt. Heflin discovered that the dashcam on Officer Michael “Kevin” Piner’s car had been accidentally activated, and had captured conversations Piner had with Cpl. Jesse Moore and Officer James “Brian” Gilmore. In those two conversations, the officers anticipated and even glorified the prospect of a racial civil war and looked forward to indiscriminately murdering Black people, among other racist comments.
“Piner tells Moore later in the conversation that he feels a civil war is coming and he is ‘ready,’” Piner said, according to documents released by police Wednesday. “Piner advised he is going to buy a new assault rifle in the next couple of weeks. A short time later Officer Piner began to discuss society being close to ‘martial law’ and soon ‘we are just gonna go out and start slaughtering them fucking [n-words]. I can’t wait. God, I can’t wait.’ Moore responded that he would not do that. Piner stated, ‘I am ready.’”
Piner then told Moore that a civil war was needed to “wipe ’emoff the f**king map. That’ll put them back four or five generations.” Moore responded, “You’re crazy.”
Wilmington police chief Donny Williams, a Black veteran of the department who had been named its permanent chief on the previous day, said at a press conference that he would have zero tolerance for the behavior recorded by the dashcams. In addition to firing the three officers, Williams said he would notify the North Carolina Education and Training Standards Commission because “these individuals should not be allowed to practice law enforcement again,” according to the report.
Watch the Wilmington PD press conference on the firing below, or click here to view on Facebook.