Three veteran Wilmington police officers, who each had been with the Wilmington Police Department for more than two decades, were fired this week after a video recording in one of the officers’ cars revealed racist comments about local black citizens, fellow black officers and criminal justice employees, and the department’s newly appointed black police chief.
The police department, stating the need to maintain public confidence in the city and police, released several documents relating to the terminations, including the former officers’ termination letters and their complete WPD work histories, as well as a summary of the internal investigation.
Video of the comments has not been released because of North Carolina law requiring a judge to do. Wilmington Police Chief Donny Williams has requested the release, the Star-News reports.
Chief Williams, during a Wednesday afternoon news conference, identified the officers as Officer James Gilmore, Cpl. Jesse Moore II, and Officer Kevin Piner.
Complet documentation of the Wilmington PD's investigation has been released.
The officers can be heard using racial slurs, including n----r toward specific individuals, including the chief.
Piner reportedly said he is “ready” for the civil war and martial law he believes is coming, saying, “we are just gonna go out and start slaughtering them f-----g n----rs. I can’t wait. God I can’t wait.” Piner said a civil war is needed to “wipe ’em off the f-----g map. That’ll put ’em back about four or five generations.”
The terminated officers have denied being racist.