WV Police Officer Suspended for KKK Videos

A police officer in Charleston, West Virginia has been suspended pending a full investigation after videos were sent to his superiors showing him and his daughter involved with the Ku Klux Klan. The video hasn’t been released to the public, but here’s a description from the local paper:

Lt. Shawn Williams, of the Charleston Police Department, was placed on leave last week pending an investigation by the Police Department’s professional standards division. The investigation was triggered after police obtained video recordings taken from Williams’ computer, according to those familiar with the investigation.

Two sources who have seen the recordings say the videos depict Williams’ young daughter dressed in what appear to be articles of a police uniform and dancing to an anthem of the Ku Klux Klan. The refrain of the song repeats the words, “Stand up and be counted, show the world that you’re a man. Stand up and be counted, go with the Ku Klux Klan.”

On the videos, a man alleged to be Williams can be heard asking the girl questions. Derogatory racial language can be heard, sources said. Sources said there were several similar videos on the computer.

Williams is not just a beat cop, he’s a a high-ranking officer and the head of the city’s patrol unit. A few months ago, the FBI informed a Florida town that they had two KKK members on their 13-member police force.

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  • D. C. Sessions

    Considering that we have one of our main political parties positioned somewhere between the John Birch Society and the KKK, is this even newsworthy any more?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1159674804 robertbaden

    Being a mixed race person these type of people hate, I think it is still newsworthy.

  • Alverant

    As long as cops continue to single minorities out for abusive treatment, yes this should still be newsworthy. Not only newsworthy but repeated until the very principles of how the police operate in this country are examine, reviewed, and fixed.

  • grumpyoldfart

    My prediction:

    After the investigation there will be a warning not to get caught again, and a nice big welcome back party.

  • D. C. Sessions

    grumpyoldfart:

    Depends. If the Department give him the boot, he may be able to play the martyr schtick for a new and better career in politics. The Republicans are looking for men like him.

  • lancifer

    While membership in the Klan demonstrates that a person is an idiot and a racist it isn’t illegal. Is there something in the police department’s rules that forbids officers from joining organizations which hold racist views or some other legal reason that they suspended the officer?

    Would that rule be constitutional?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Two sources who have seen the recordings say the videos depict Williams’ young daughter dressed in what appear to be articles of a police uniform and dancing to an anthem of the Ku Klux Klan.

    Yakkity Sax?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1159674804 robertbaden

    American citizens at least in theory have a right to equal treatment under the law. Doubtful a member of the Klan could provide this.

  • lancifer

    American citizens at least in theory have a right to equal treatment under the law. Doubtful a member of the Klan could provide this.- robertbaden

    Agreed, but can a governmental organization fire you for belonging to a legal group? Lots of people were fired and blacklisted for real or suspected ties to the Communist Party and I hope we all agree that this was wrong.

    The first amendment is useless unless it protects people with unpopular ideas.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    lancifer “The first amendment is useless unless it protects people with unpopular ideas.”

    Sure. Just add an asterisk to the end of “To Serve and Protect”, with the appropriate KKKish exemptions printed below.

  • John Pieret

    Agreed, but can a governmental organization fire you for belonging to a legal group?

    Generally no. But the police department could go back through his record to see if he exhibited racial bias in his interactions with the public (though they should have been doing that all along) and, if they found he had, they could discipline him in various ways.

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