An Ohio police chief has retired after 30 years on the force after a surveillance video showed him placing a note reading “Ku Klux Klan” on a Black police officer’s desk.
Surveillance video shows Sheffield Lake Police Chief Anthony Campo printing out a note saying, “Ku Klux Klan,” and arranging it on a yellow raincoat laying on a desk, covering up the word “POLICE.” A Black officer then enters the room, sees the note and appears to laugh it off, but the video does not include audio so it is not clear what was said.
“I said, ‘I don’t want to even hear about it,” Mr. Bring recalled telling Mr. Campo. “I said, ‘You’ve already have admitted to it.’ And I said, ‘You’ve got 10 minutes to get out of this office.’ I said, ‘I want your keys, badge and that’s it. Get out.’ “
Mr. Bring said he personally apologized to the Black officer, who has not been named.
“It took us 10 minutes to even talk to each other because we were both very emotional,” he said. “And I apologized to him. We talked about the situation, and he told me a little bit more. I was just flabbergasted. There’s no one word to explain how disgusting this is.”
Mr. Campo told WKYC that he chose to retire shortly after he was placed on leave and that the situation, which he described as a joke, was being “overblown.” He has great respect for the officer, whom he hired, and believes it’s someone else who complained about him, he told the station.
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