St. Louis Black Cop Gets Racist Internal Letter With N-Word Usage: "KILL YOURSELF"

Categories: Crime, Police

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Update below: A black cop with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department received a hate-filled, profanity-laced letter in his office mailbox that used the n-word and included an all-caps threat saying, "KILL YOURSELF...OR WE WILL."

"He didn't know what to do. He was in disbelief: 'Is this really happening to me?'" Sergeant Darren Wilson, president of the Ethical Society of Police, tells Daily RFT. "It's heartbreaking."

The officer in the south patrol division apparently received the letter through interdepartmental mail, which, Wilson explains, means it must have come from within the police agency.

See also: Sgt. David Bonenberger Awarded $620,000 for "Reverse Discrimination" by St. Louis Police

Here's the text of the letter, via the Post-Dispatch, which first reported on the matter yesterday:

You black (expletive). We want you out of our station. We want your black (expletive) dead. (Expletive) your medals. If an aide call comes out for you WE WON'T RESPOND. KILL YOURSELF (expletive) OR WE WILL. Respectfully, South Patrol.

"The officer has an excellent reputation," Wilson tells us, noting that he has been with the department for under five years. "He gets along with everyone. He was shocked."

The cop in question apparently received the letter about a month ago and at first did not report it. Eventually he mentioned it to a colleague who brought it to the attention of Wilson with the Ethical Society of Police, which represents black police officers.

Now, Police Chief Sam Dotson has ordered internal and criminal investigations into the matter.

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Police Chief Sam Dotson.

Wilson, who met with Dotson and Lt. Colonel Paul Nocchiero regarding the incident, says, "Their response was satisfactory. Not to say we are just going to let it rest and put total trust and confidence that they will carry it through. We are going to follow through and stay in touch and make sure all efforts are being exhausted to bring this to some sort of viable resolution."

Of the department officials, he says, "They were really focused on trying to reassure him and us that this is not indicative of this...police department and we'd like to think that as well."

If the person who wrote the letter is identified, termination would be in order and potentially criminal charges as well, Wilson says.

It may be considered a hate crime.

Who might have done this?

"We have no clue. That's the scary part about it," Wilson says. "It has everyone looking over their shoulder."

He says that it causes officers to raise questions: "How am I being treated? How am I being looked at? How are the citizens who are calling 911 for services being viewed?"

Wilson says the incident is especially frustrating given efforts he has made to diversify the Ethical Society of Police, an organization which he has been involved with for around seventeen years, about two as president. "I work hard at promoting a more unified environment."

He continues, "I know there are mentalities out there that exist -- all sorts of mentalities, whether racist ones, unprofessional ones, immature ones."

It's disappointing, he adds, but this kind of racism does still exist today: "We need to raise awareness and educate this community."

Daily RFT reached out to the police department this morning for comment and will update if we hear back. In the meantime, you can read Dotson's comments to the P-D here.

Update, 12:40 p.m.: A metro police spokeswoman just sent Daily RFT this statement on the matter:

Chief Dotson has stated his frustration and disappointment with the letter. Upon learning of the letter, he immediately ordered both a criminal and internal investigation into the matter. Racism or discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated within the department and such behavior is not reflective of the men and women sworn to protect and serve the citizens of St. Louis. The investigations are ongoing.

And here's a letter that Wilson sent to his members regarding the incident.

ESOP Letter

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robmusicman2
robmusicman2

If we want to start eliminating this horrible sin of racism, we must start from the inside of our hearts, that is If we want to do what is right, regardless of whether one is black or white, we got to look in our own individual mirror, don't worry about the other person's mirror. If you find hate, try replacing it with the Love of God by judging everyone from the Inside-Out instead of the Outside-In. God's Love see's us from the Inside-Out, and thats the only way we should see our fellow man, regardless of race or color, any other way would be purely of the Devil, with this sick mentality, one would be bound for hell, loosing their soul upon death for this is a pure sin against God.

Don White
Don White

STL is one of the most racist cities, this does not surprise me at all. Smh :-(

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

not surprised that people don't for one second doubt this guy's story.

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

The other option is that it is fake. He sent it to himself. 

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

Maybe he's not a very good officer and his coworkers would prefer that he leave. 

jonathanblaze
jonathanblaze

I'll bet anything that the cop himself sent the letter, or some other black officer did.  That's always the way things like this go.

Race baiting, pure and simple.

Kristin Scudder
Kristin Scudder

Awww, did I strike a nerve? Get your panties out of a bunch, and shut the fuck up. There dipshit, now you may call me a blowhard, see the diff?? Racist pig, chauvinistic pig, couch pig- whatever-the fuck are you are on about? It does not even make since- so go back to trying to playing hide and seek with your dick- pig. Unless you're a pig boi with your fabulous ass.

Brian Brown
Brian Brown

So if you have anything negative to say about a different race , true or opinion , that makes you a racist ?

Brian Brown
Brian Brown

I recall seeing you on the welfare post , so does that make you live on a RFT post

Justin Curia
Justin Curia

cool, thanks for the generic, play-dumb response i expected from a misguided conservative who lives on the RFT thread. i guess when you're intrinsically racist it's kinda like being an addict...the first step is admitting so and that's likely tough. anyway, have fun posting "hope and change" tomorrow on an article about black crime.

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

maybe a little compensation some pity and maybe even a shiny award for enduring such harsh work enviroment

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

kinda like someone wanted a transfer bad

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

and i like how since i point out FACTUALLY that sometimes...not all time...maybe not even this time...but sometimes...these ARE faked makes me "have something against black people".

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

"you exclusively defend white people" lmao. oh...i hate stupid people of all races, justin.

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

why is my opinion racist? i basically called the officer a liar it had nothing to do with his race...where does my comment say one thing about race? you are the asshole and not the brightest bulb.. i assume.. i dont know ya

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

And just imagine when a black person car jacks you leaving you bleeding out in the street

Justin Curia
Justin Curia

hey mincer, what do you have against black people? like, what's your main thing with them? just trying to understand why you exclusively defend white people yet always tout how non-racist you are.

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

I bet the NAACP has something to do with this?

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

I would call him african but if he was a aborigine id look dumb like they all look the same and what not?

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

they ran trayvon into the ground...time for something else.

Elizabeth Jaggie
Elizabeth Jaggie

WTH??? I'm starting to think that someone's spraying drugs in our skies that make people nutso....It's really getting sad!

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

ya...THIS is why. lmao. not people breaking into houses and killing convenience store owners?

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

"Why is that your first instinct?" because racism is an industry.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

lmao! ^ wow...this girl is such a blowhard.

Jimmie Thomptson
Jimmie Thomptson

it was most likely sent by a black person...they aren't happy unless there is a race issue for them to whine about...

Debbie Wolfe
Debbie Wolfe

Hold your horses...and you think this is going to help race relations between residents and law inforcement?

Chris Owens
Chris Owens

@ chico and c pig, you guys are asshole racists and you need to be careful where you step.

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

Reality disgusts me too bob tillman

Robert Tillman
Robert Tillman

@chico with a name like chico you aren't exactly safe ya bum

Robert Tillman
Robert Tillman

@couch pig that's exactly what you are a PIG and you disgust me

Robert Tillman
Robert Tillman

it's sad that in all of these years that we still have to endure racism and the sad part about it is now that Francis Slay and the police department runs everything instead of the state it will get much worse at least when they had civilians on the board we stood a fair chance now it's open game on the way that people are going to be treated they'll be busting heads and beatings in jail and it all will be overlooked.

anseleye
anseleye

I've had a City of St. Louis police officer tell me directly that I should call the cops if any black people are outside my house.  He went on and on with his racist remarks.  I was shocked.  In a city this diverse no one should be allowed to put on a uniform who feels this archaic way about race.  

Kristin Scudder
Kristin Scudder

If they do this to other cops, imagine what they do to our black citizens.

johnhartfield
johnhartfield

Cry me a river. Black folks know the deal when they sign up to be cops, they stand by while their white co-workers ply their racist attitudes on citizens so I sure aint feeling any pity when it gets turned back on em.

BillyGoatMusic
BillyGoatMusic

@jonathanblaze I don't even know where to start.  Lets just pretend like your theory actually made sense.  Why would the officer besmirch his own department's name to "race bait"?  Why would the officer not have come forward immediately instead of waiting until another officer saw the letter if it was fake all along?  Why would the department, and especially the chief, who have plenty of detectives, not immediately see that this letter was sent by the recipient?  Nothing about your statement is logical, and I reckon "race-baiting" is similar to farts in that whoever smelt it dealt it.    

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

@Kristin Scudder The ones who commit crimes? 

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