Three North Carolina police officers were caught on a dashboard camera using racial and homophobic slurs and gleefully discussing the potential of an upcoming race war in which they would be free to “go out and start slaughtering them fucking [n—words].” Officer Michael “Kevin” Piner, in particular, said that he “can’t wait” for something like that to happen.
The conversation was discovered during an audit of the department’s dashcam footage. It appears that the camera had accidentally been activated before the conversation started, according to the VICE report.
Three police officers in Wilmington, North Carolina were fired on Wednesday after a routine audit of dashcam footage caught them having violently racist conversations. https://t.co/BAnhEqQM95— VICE (@VICE) June 25, 2020
“Piner tells Moore later in the conversation that he feels a civil war is coming and he is ‘ready,’” explain documents released by police on 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].”
Piner also says that a new civil war is necessary in order to “wipe ’em off the f—king map. That’ll put them back four or five generations.”
Later in the footage, Cpl. Jesse Moore called a Black woman who had been arrested the n-word and called a local Black judge a homophobic slur.
3 former North Carolina police officers heard saying “we are just going to go out and start slaughtering them (expletive)” Blacks. “I can’t wait. God, I can’t wait.” Another said, he felt a civil war was needed to “wipe them off the (expletive) map.” https://t.co/rKJbr5kufg— Rilwan Balogun (@RilwanFox8) June 25, 2020
“God has a special place in hell for people like that, man. Hate ‘em,” Moore told Piner before saying that “90 percent” of Black people are “like that.”
Pine and Moore, as well as a third officer by the name of James “Brian” Gilmore, were fired for this extremely racist conversation one day after the Wilmington police department named Donny Williams, a Black man and department veteran, as its chief of police. Not only did he fire them, he advised the North Carolina Education and Training Standards Commission that the three officers “should not be allowed to practice law enforcement again.”
This was the part of the story that got me. These North Carolina police officers actually denied being racist after saying they wanted to wipe black people off the map and that they’re ready for a race war to set black people back “4 or 5 generations” https://t.co/YXlWl3xvzV pic.twitter.com/vgpx0445A2
— Mekka Don (@MekkaDonMusic) June 25, 2020
Police officers who are fired for incidents like these or even extreme police brutality are often given their jobs back with back pay after their unions appeal the firing. Others are simply re-hired at other departments. Williams, however, has vowed to have zero tolerance for this kind of racism and pushed for national police reform.
“This is the most exceptional and difficult case I have encountered in my career,” he said. “We must establish new reforms for policing here at home and throughout this country.”
All three officers had been with their department for over 20 years and had been a part of the “Special Operations” team for “significant amounts of time.” Each blamed stress for their stunningly racist conversation and claimed to not be racist.
When you realize racism is endemic in an industry predicated on the surveillance of Black bodies, you also realize that these “few bad actors” are performing just as their roles were intended.
— Donovan Livingston, Ph.D. (@dlive87) June 25, 2020
We’re going to need more than reform over here.