Seattle Officer Fired After Racist Arrest
A white Seattle officer who arrested an African-American man for no reason other than her own racism has been fired by the police department for exhibiting bias during an arrest.
People were outraged when video surfaced of the July 2014 arrest was released, showing 48-year-old officer Cynthia Whitlatch arresting 69-year-old William Wingate for doing nothing more than leaning against his golf club like a cane. She later falsely claimed that he man had swung the golf club at her in attack. Her lies, her overly-aggressive approach, and her blatant racial bias got her fired from her position according to the city’s police chief.
The Seattle PD released the video of the arrest last January and cooperated with the City Attorney’s Office to have all charges against Wingate dismissed. Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole contended on Tuesday that Whitlatch had broken the department’s rules during the arrest.
Whitlatch even formally complained that a black judge and a black deputy chief were used to review and eventually drop charges against Wingate, saying they had only been dropped because of “perceived mistreatment on account of race” because she’s white. As the Police Cheif wrote to Whitlatch in her formal termination letter (via NYDN):
“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.
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. 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.”
Good for Seattle for getting this racist cop off the streets! Could things actually be moving in the right direction??