The police department in Wilmington, N.C. has fired three police officers after investigators say footage from one of their patrol cars showed them exchanging shocking racist and sometimes threatening remarks.
Former Officer Michael “Kevin” Piner predicted Black Lives Matter protests would soon lead to civil war while sitting in his patrol car.
“I’m ready,” Piner told another officer, adding that he planned to buy an assault rifle.
“We are just going to go out and start slaughtering them f—— n——,” he said.
Piner, 44, made the shocking threat during a conversation with two other police officers, 50-year-old Cpl. Jesse E. Moore II, and 48-year-old Officer James “Brian” Gilmore.
In the discussions, taped by accident on a patrol car camera and released Wednesday by the department, the men use racial slurs, suggest killing black residents and deride protesters.
“Wipe ’em off the f—— map,” Piner said of African Americans. “That’ll put ’em back about four or five generations.”
“Piner, a Wilmington police officer since 1998, began the recording by expressing his fury about the ongoing protests against police brutality and racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd’s death,” reports The Washington Post. “Speaking to Gilmore, who had apparently pulled his cruiser up alongside Piner’s car, he complained that local police only cared about ‘kneeling down with the black folks.’ ”
Gilmore said that whites were now “worshiping blacks,” adding he’d seen a video of a “fine looking white girl and this little punk pretty boy bowing down and kissing their toes.”
The two then complained about black officers on the force, calling one a “piece of s—” and complaining that another was “sitting on his a–” during the protests.
“Let’s see how his boys take care of him when s— gets rough, see if they don’t put a bullet in his head,” Piner said.
Later, Moore called Piner to describe a recent arrest of a black woman, repeatedly calling her a racial slur, according to the Post.
“She needed a bullet in the head right then and move on,” Moore said of the woman. “Let’s move the body out of the way and keep going.”
Later, while complaining about a black judge whom Moore called a “f—— negro magistrate,” Moore added, “It’s bad man because not all black people are like that.”
“Most of ’em,” Piner responded.
“90 percent of ’em, Kevin, 90 f—— percent of ’em,” Moore said.
Piner then turned the conversation to his belief that a civil war was imminent and his intention to buy high-powered weaponry. After saying he was ready to “slaughter” black people, he added, “God I can’t wait.”
On June 9, Internal Affairs investigators confronted the three officers with the recording.
They admitted to having the conversations, but the officers each characterized it as “venting” and blamed the “stress of today’s climate in law enforcement,” investigators wrote.
Moore and Gilmore argued they were “not racist.”
Moore said he “doesn’t normally speak like that but was feeding off Officer Piner,” according to the investigators.
Piner said the tape was “embarrassing” and suggested concerns for his family’s safety had led him to a “breaking point.”