Kevin Piner Bio, Wiki
Kevin Piner is one of the three Wilmington Police Department officers who were fired Wednesday, June 24th after recordings surfaced of their racist conversations during the George Floyd protests. Kevin Piner, 44, and James Gilmore, 48 were police officers while the third, Jesse Moore, 50, was a corporal. All three had been members of the Wilmington PD in North Carolina for over twenty years.
Firing Happened a day after a new Police Chief was named
The firings happened the day after a new Black Police Chief, Donny Williams was named in a unanimous decision, but the investigation started on June 4th when the sergeant responsible for monthly video audits found files labeled as “accidental activations” and heard conversations between the officers that were full of racist remarks and disparaging comments about the WPD and some of its officers.
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— Wilmington Police (@WilmingtonPD) June 23, 2020
Their Conversations Contains Racist Comments
Officer Piner spoke about how he’s ready for a civil war, saying, soon “we are just gonna go out and start slaughtering them f***in n***ers. I can’t wait. God, I can’t wait.”
The recordings consist of two different conversations, the first between Piner and Gilmore after Gilmore pulled his police cruiser up next to Piner’s, according to the Wilmington Police Department Professional Standards Internal Investigation.
The second recorded conversation is from the same day when Moore called Piner on the phone. Piner’s comments about a civil war and killing Black people came during his conversation with Moore.
After his remarks about not being able to wait for the so-called next civil war, Piner said he was “ready” and was planning on being a new assault rifle in the coming weeks, according to the internal investigation report.
He told Moore that “he felt society needed a civil war to ‘wipe ’em off the f***ing map. That’ll put ’em back about four or five generations,” Piner said. Moore told Piner he would not do any of that and said, “You’re crazy.”
Kevin Piner Stressed
When questioned about the recordings all three officers admitted to it being their voices and making the comments. Officer Moore wanted it noted that when he called Piner he was off duty and at home. He said he is not racist, he was just venting to his friend about an arrest.
Piner told investigators that he’d been very stressed due to working the protests and feeling that his family was under threat after seeing a video of a Black man “telling people to find officers residences and kill their families.”
Piner said he was embarrassed when he listened back to the video. He said he’d recently reached out to the Employee Assistance Program because he felt he was at a “breaking point.” According to the report, Piner said “the comments were uncharacteristic of him and he was out of control.”