Sheffield Lake Mayor Dennis Bring announced that Police Chief Anthony Campo resigned on Tuesday as a result of an incident in which he left a “Ku Klux Klan” placard on a Black officer’s desk.
The incident in issue was caught on surveillance video within the department’s booking area on Friday.
He is around 60-65 years old.
Why Anthony Campo Putt Ku Klux Klan Sign On Black Officer’s Desk?
Campo, who has been with the department for 33 years and has served as chief for eight, is shown entering into a room with a piece of paper that says “Ku Klux Klan” in his hand.
The incident happened in Sheffield Lake, Ohio, according to the department’s website: “The Department’s main goal is to protect and keep safe residents, employees of local businesses and visitors to our city. While enforcement of established ordinances, state and federal law is a priority, members of the department help residents stay safe through prevention and education programs as well.”
He approaches a desk and sets the note on a yellow jacket that has been styled to seem like the famed hood and robe associated with the American hate group. He exits the room to await the arrival of the police, a Black man who remains nameless.
The cop, who has been with the department for nine months, enters and notices the note. Due to the lack of audio in the footage, it is unclear what the officer and Campo say to one another. Other people enter the frame and engage in conversation with the cop.
So. On June 25th, Sheffield Lake Police department Police Chief Anthony Campo consciously printed out and strategically placed a “Ku Klux Klan” sign on a fellow Black male police officer’s raincoat. All I want to know is did this KKK loving racist able to keep his pension??? 🤬🤬 pic.twitter.com/PNKu2fyPuw
Campo, according to Bring, told him the obscene note was a joke. The now-retired chief did not return calls seeking comment on the event or his departure from the agency after more than three decades on Thursday.
“How can you possibly think that you can put something on somebody’s jacket like that, and especially if they were African American, and think this is a joke? This is the most egregious and offensive thing you could possibly do. And it’s embarrassing and disgusting.”
The unnamed Black officer has just been on the service for nine months. Bring told the newspaper that the police union had filed a complaint against him.
the mayor said that outlet, “I don’t know what was going through that man’s mind. I don’t have a clue. And like I said, that’s what he keeps saying. I think everybody else’s views of what he did is not a joke,”
Bring told the Morning Journal, “When we went down to the police chief’s (Campo) office, he was standing there and he jokingly said to me, ‘what am I fired?’”
According to the publication, the mayor gave the chief 10 minutes to go. He stated that the Black cop was unhappy, but that he is receiving a lot of support and that he wishes to remain with the department.
The mayor informed the newspaper that he acted quickly to assure the public that this was not the community’s nature. According to the article, Campo technically retired.
Campo, for one, told the publication that he is not a racist and said, “I had a joking back and forth banter with that officer, since I hired him.”
He stated that he intends to apologize and that he was joking.
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