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.