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Racist Police Chief Says Black People Are ‘Like Monkeys’

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An Oregon police chief has been exposed for making outrageously racist remarks about African Americans.

The chief was formerly described both those within the department and many in the community, as a “good cop”. Decorated Clatskanie Police Chief Marvin Hoover, 56, has been placed on paid administrative leave, since early August.

“It feels disgusting to be honest with you,” local resident Aimee Driskill, said. “The reason why I am really affected by this is because I have seen my father being mistreated by police officers.”

Driskill told local reporters with KOIN 6 News that this hit her hard and effected her on a personal level.

She said she talked with members of the Clatskanie City Council so she could hear directly why they allowed the chief to voluntarily step down, rather than being fired while on paid leave.

“That left a lot of us going, ‘OK? What’s the context of these comments? What happened, how did they get this information?’” she explained.

But once the details came forward, they certainly didn’t argue in the now former chief’s favor.

The Oregon Department of Public Safety released an official report on the chief’s racism. In that report we find that two police officers stated that Chief Hoover would make monkey sounds and prance around the room putting his hands under his armpits, comparing these actions to those of African Americans.

The racism was so overt that none could even deny it. Even the chief didn’t seem interested in denying it.

“As Chief Hoover was comparing African-Americans to monkeys, I began to become extremely uncomfortable,” Officer D. Alex Stone explains in the official complaint against the chief. “I have never been in a work environment where a manager, especially an executive officer, is openly racist.”

Officer Stone states further in the document (below), that Chief Hoover’s racist remarks were in the context of an African American woman saying she would file a lawsuit against the department for racism and discrimination. These actions and comments were the chief’s response.

“I relayed several of the arrestee’s remarks such as, ‘When you look at me, my black skin and my nappy hair, all you see is an animal,’” Officer Stone recalled. “Chief Hoover interrupted me and said ‘That’s what she is.’”

Point blank. Hoover was not even interested in denying his open racism.

Once Officer Stone filed the report against the chief, members of the community who said the chief was a “good cop” began ruthlessly harassing Stone.

“I’ve already faced a lot of retaliation, my wife’s been forced off the road twice,” he said. “I’ve had people in the community yelling the N-word at me.”

Clatskanie Mayor Diane Pohl published a Letter to the Editor in the local newspaper, The Chief, which defended the racist chief.

“I consider Chief Hoover an honorable man and officer,” Mayor Pohl wrote of the so-called “good cop”. “And so I say, thanks Chief Hoover for a job well done. You have this community’s gratitude, gratefulness and appreciation.”

Mayor Pohl refused to even address the racist incidences.

Watch the local report in the video below…

(Article by M. David and S. Wooten; PDF via local KOIN)

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