Ore. Police Chief Who Allegedly Compared African Americans to Monkeys Resigns
The Oregon police chief who became famous for calling black people monkeys has resigned.
Clatskanie Police Chief Marvin Hoover had been placed on administrative leave sine August. According to Officer Dustin Stone, Hoover began making monkey sounds during a debriefing regarding a complaint from a black woman.
“I relayed several of the arrestee’s remarks such as, ‘When you look at me, my black and my nappy hair, all you see is animal,’” Stone wrote in his official report to the Oregon Department of Public Safety. “Chief Hoover interrupted me and said, ‘That’s what she is.’”
The Root reports:
Stone’s report continued: “Chief Hoover then began to act like a monkey. Chief Hoover placed his hands in his armpits and began scratching them. Chief Hoover also started making loud monkey sounds: ‘Hooo … hooo … hooo … hahahaha … hooo … haaah.’ While Chief Hoover was scratching and chanting, he started to move around the room, in a dance or jumping fashion. While jumping and moving about the room Chief Hoover momentarily beat his chest like Tarzan.”
Stone also claimed in his report that the chief broke into the Confederate song “Dixie” and began acting as if he were punching and choking someone.
“As Chief Hoover was comparing African-Americans to monkeys, I began to become extremely uncomfortable,” Stone said in his report. “I have never been in a work environment where a manager, especially an executive officer, is openly racist.”
Stone told the news station that he and has wife have been harassed since he filed the report.
“I’ve already faced a lot of retaliation. My wife’s been forced off the road twice,” he told KOIN. “I’ve had people in the community yelling the n-word at me.”
After word of Hoover’s resignation became public, Clatskanie Mayor Diane Pohl wrote a letter to the editor in the local newspaper The Chief calling the embroiled police chief “an honorable man.”
“I consider Chief Hoover an honorable man and officer,” Pohl wrote. “And so I say, thanks Chief Hoover for a job well done. You have this community’s gratitude, gratefulness and appreciation.”
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