Police, Race and Ethnicity

Seattle Cop Arrested Black Man For Having a Golf Club, Now Says She’s A Victim of ‘Reverse Racism’

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The Caucasian Seattle police officer who arrested an African-American man for holding a golf club is now claiming “reverse racism.”

After Officer Cynthia Whitlatch was fired Tuesday for her racial discrimination and aggressive approach to a man who had done nothing wrong, she said it was all because she is being “discriminated against” for being white.

The July 2014 arrest of William Wingate, 69, was caught on video, and showed the elderly African American man doing nothing other than leaning on a golf club like it was a cane.

Back in January, the Seattle Police Department released the tape and dismissed all charges against Wingate.

Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole said that Whitlatch, 48, broke the department’s rules for confronting citizens, and making arrests.

Whitlatch “perceived mistreatment on account of your race” the former cop complained.

She claims an African American judge and deputy chief only dropped Wingate’s charges because the innocent arrested senior citizen is African American and she is Caucasian, the termination order said.

“Your perceptions of race and other protected categories appear to be so deeply seated that they likely impacted the authoritarian manner in which you treated this man and your refusal to deviate from that approach towards an individual whose actions did not warrant such treatment,” the document added.

The dashcam video of the incident shows an innocent man just standing on a street corner as the bigoted officer drives up, confronts him aggressively, and arrests him for nothing.

Whitlatch had been disciplined twice in the past for “unprofessional conduct.” She seems to have learned absolutely nothing from those experiences though. So naturally, she claims she is being “discriminated against” because she is white.

“Your inability to understand, even in hindsight, that your behavior was unnecessarily aggressive, an abuse of discretion, and negatively impacted the community’s confidence in this police service, offers me no pathway to confidence that your behavior will improve or change,” the chief explained. “Without this ability to learn from your mistakes, understand how you can improve and do better, and recognize your own errors, you are unable to effectively function as an officer.”

Watch the report below…

(Article by Jackson Marciana and S. Wooten)

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