Are there any “good cops” out there? It would seem that when there are, they are fired or bullied off the force. Police officers who are “good” will by nature call out and hold accountable to the cops who are doing bad things. Anyone in law enforcement that stands idly by and allows bad cops to do bad things cannot be regarded as “good”.
So it is important to highlight those “good cops” who take a stand again the bad ones, and also to show what happens to them when they do.
Recently, a Caucasian Oregon police officer who turned in his chief for making a series of racist attacks is receiving death threats. The chief was formerly described both those within the department and many in the community, as a “good cop”. Decorated Clatskanie Police Chief Marvin Hoover, 56, has been placed on paid administrative leave.
“It feels disgusting to be honest with you,” local resident Aimee Driskill, said. “The reason why I am really affected by this is because I have seen my father being mistreated by police officers.”
Driskill told local reporters with KOIN 6 News that this hit her hard and effected her on a personal level.
She said she talked with members of the Clatskanie City Council so she could hear directly why they allowed the chief to voluntarily step down, rather than being fired while on paid leave.
“That left a lot of us going, ‘OK? What’s the context of these comments? What happened, how did they get this information?’” she explained.
But once the details came forward, they certainly didn’t argue in the now former chief’s favor.
The Oregon Department of Public Safety released an official report on the chief’s racism. In that report we find that two police officers stated that Chief Hoover would make monkey sounds and prance around the room putting his hands under his armpits, comparing these actions to those of African Americans.
The racism was so overt that none could even deny it. Even the chief didn’t seem interested in denying it.
“As Chief Hoover was comparing African-Americans to monkeys, I began to become extremely uncomfortable,” Officer D. Alex Stone explains in the official complaint against the chief. “I have never been in a work environment where a manager, especially an executive officer, is openly racist.”
Officer Stone states further in the document (below), that Chief Hoover’s racist remarks were in the context of an African American woman saying she would file a lawsuit against the department for racism and discrimination. These actions and comments were the chief’s response.
“I relayed several of the arrestee’s remarks such as, ‘When you look at me, my black skin and my nappy hair, all you see is an animal,’” Officer Stone recalled. “Chief Hoover interrupted me and said ‘That’s what she is.’”
Point blank. Hoover was not even interested in denying his open racism.
Clatskanie Mayor Diane Pohl published a Letter to the Editor in the local newspaper, The Chief, which defended the racist chief.
“I consider Chief Hoover an honorable man and officer,” Mayor Pohl wrote of the so-called “good cop”. “And so I say, thanks Chief Hoover for a job well done. You have this community’s gratitude, gratefulness and appreciation.”
Mayor Pohl refused to even address the racist incidences.
Watch the local report in the video below…
Officer Alex Stone says that he and fellow officer Zack Gibson decided to come forward back in August after they saw the overt racism of their chief, watching “in complete bewilderment” as Hoover, made the racist gestures.
“We were just completely at a loss for words,” Stone explained on Wednesday. “I was raised to believe that everyone is created in God’s image… and I won’t tolerate anyone, especially if they are in power, treating people as if they are less than human.”
He was equally surprised at the chief’s reaction, when he responded “That’s what they deserve.”
Stone told AFP since he and Gibson filed a complaint earlier this summer, both of them, and their families, have faced racist attacks.
“Just yesterday one of the local business owners said he wanted to take me into the woods and shoot me in the head. Another said he wanted to string me up by a noose,” he said “People are emailing me saying they hope I get shot in the head.”
“My wife got run off the road twice… and my three children are scared,” he continued. “I feel like people are telling me to leave.”
Mat dos Santos, of the American Civil Liberties Union in Oregon, explained “Right now, public trust in the police is very low based on all these incidents that have taken place across the country and this incident widens the chasm between police and the communities they serve.”
He added that, “the public wants to believe that there are good officers out there, that not every officer is a bad apple and what this chief did further erodes public trust in the police.”
But when this is what happens to cops who turn in racist, abusive and corrupt cops, is it any wonder that we don’t see more like Officer Stone?
(Article by M. David and S. Wooten; PDF via local KOIN)