(CNN) Three Wilmington, North Carolina, police officers have been fired after they were heard on video spewing “hate-filled speech” and referring “to Black people as the n-word,” Police Chief Donny Williams said Wednesday.
The officers were identified as Officer James Gilmore, Corporal Jesse Moore II and Officer Kevin Piner. According to a report that details the findings of an internal investigation, Piner and Moore also criticized Williams, who is Black. Piner and Gilmore criticized other Black police officers in the department.
At one point, according to the report, Officer Piner said he was “ready” for a civil war and talked about “slaughtering” Black people, referring to them by using the n-word.
“I can’t wait,” he said. “God, I can’t wait.”
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CONTEXT: Wilmington, North Carolina
With a population of 123,744 in 2019, it is the eighth most populous city in the state. Wilmington is the principal city of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area, a metropolitan area that includes New Hanover and Pender counties in southeastern North Carolina, which has a population of 263,429 as of the 2012 Census Estimate. Settled by the English along the Cape Fear River, the city was named after Spencer Compton, 1st Earl of Wilmington. Its historic downtown has a 1.75-mile (2.82 km) Riverwalk, developed as a tourist attraction in the late 20th century. In 2014 Wilmington’s riverfront was ranked as the “Best American Riverfront” by readers of USA Today. It is minutes away from nearby beaches. The National Trust for Historic Preservation selected Wilmington as one of its 2008 Dozen Distinctive Destinations. City residents live between the river and the ocean, with four nearby beach communities: Fort Fisher, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, all within half-hour drives from downtown Wilmington.
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