Hamilton, Georgia, Police Chief Gene Allmond and his patrol sergeant, John Brooks, stood outside having a smoke and talking racist trash. Being bigots, they were too stupid to realize that their conversation was being recorded by Brooks’ department-issued body camera.
In recognition of their high IQs and their brilliant leadership accumen, the Hamilton City Council made Chief Allmond and Patrolman Brooks an offer they couldn’t refuse: Resign within the hour, or be fired.
This isn’t just about two racist cops.
We can belittle these two idiot Pigs all day long for being so incredibly lizard-brained. And we should.
But what we really need to understand about this is that the line between “personal” and “institutional” racism evaporates entirely when supervisory or command staff engage in, tolerate, or condone bigotry — let alone when a police chief or sheriff does.
Institutional racism goes far beyond this kind of conduct, of course (it’s mostly about the codification of racism in law and practice).
But it begins right here, with people like these two bigots, sharing and reinforcing their racist beliefs on work time, in the work environment.
Those who wish to judge for themselves the remarks of these two pigs can find the video at WTVM News, or on YouTube or any of the world’s major newspapers (though not, of course, Fox News).
Alternatively, here is a brief synopsis of the incident, excerpted from The New York Times, January 31, 2021.
Police Chief and Officer Ousted After Racist Remarks Caught on Body Camera
Jan. 31, 2021
A police chief and a patrolman from a small city in Georgia were ousted from their positions after body camera footage was discovered in which the pair made racist comments about slavery and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta.
Gene Allmond, the chief of the police department in Hamilton, Ga., resigned Monday, said Buddy Walker, an assistant to the mayor, Julie Brown. The patrolman, John Brooks, was fired on Tuesday after he offered to resign but did not return his department-issued equipment on time as promised, Mr. Walker said.
The footage was discovered on Monday by a city employee who had been examining the body cameras to determine why they were not functioning.
Mr. Brooks had told the mayor and members of the City Council, which had inquired why the police were not using body cameras, that the cameras were broken. It was discovered that the body cameras were full of footage and had run out of storage.
The employee alerted Mr. Walker to the video, and he watched it Monday evening with Ransom Farley, the mayor pro tempore….
…. Mr. Walker contacted the mayor and members of the City Council, who gathered at City Hall on Monday evening.
“Everybody knew what had to be done,” Mr. Walker said. “It was not one of our proudest days.”
Told he could resign or be fired, Mr. Brooks asked to see the footage.
“He watched the entire video and then came in and told the mayor pro temp that he was sorry — that that was really not the way he was,” Mr. Walker said.
Mr. Farley said he told Mr. Brooks: “I’m not accepting your apology, because you’re sorry that you got caught. You’re not sorry because of what you said.”
“I own the fact that I am Black and I am gay,” Mr. Farley added. “If you’re a bigot, if you’re a racist, own it.”The New York Times, January 31, 2021.
From The Tumalo Lookout:
How many more racists are employed in the Hammond, Georgia Police Department?