It seems D.C. police could care less that the tensions between the African-American community and police are at an all time high. Several members of MPDC were recently caught sporting supremacist clothing while on duty.
Yes, you read that correctly.
During a recent appearance in D.C. Superior Court, officer Vincent Altiere was spotted in white power clothing. The shirt in question features a grim reaper flashing an MPD badge in one and holding a rifle in the other. Above the ominous figure is the word “Powershift”; in place of the “o” is a Celtic cross which is a symbol frequently used by white supremacist groups including the Ku Klux Klan.
In smaller font below the reaper is the phrase “Let me see that waistband JO”. JO is short for “Jump-out” which is DC’s more aggressive version of “Stop-And-Frisk”. Law4BlackLives, a body of lawyers who support the Black Lives Matter movement, have filed a request to the have the officer terminated.
“This shirt is offensive and indicates systemic bias in the policing of people of color,” Law4BlackLives said in a formal statement. “White supremacy and insinuated threats of death should never be associated with or tolerated in police departments who are sworn to protect and serve.” Below is the image in question.
Police Chief Peter Newsham has responded as well saying “this is disgraceful and does not represent the hard working and committed officers of the Seventh District.” Altiere is currently on a non-contract status as the investigation continues.
Photo: Law4BlackLives, WENN.com