The epidemic of hate hoaxes is not limited to college campuses. Not even police departments are immune:
Nine months after a racist letter was circulated in the Bridgeport Police Department, two investigations have found what authorities say was a conspiracy to falsely portray racial hatred in the department.
A black former officer, who claimed to be a target of the letter, was arrested Wednesday and the head of the police training academy and president of a minority police organization was placed on paid leave.
Clive Higgins, who was cleared by a federal jury earlier this year of police brutality charges despite a video showing him stomping a prone suspect in Beardsley Park in 2011, surrendered at State Police Troop I in Bethany on Wednesday morning. He was charged with second-degree falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor, and released on a promise to appear in court pending arraignment in state Superior Court on Dec. 16.
The victim he stomped is Hispanic. Who knows, maybe there really is racism in the Bridgeport Police Department police department — or was until Higgins resigned in July.
The racist letter was typed on city letterhead and distributed through the Police Department and began and ended with “White Power,” a term coined by the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party in the late 1960s and ’70s. It complained that Higgins didn’t belong in the Police Department.
It went on to make negative comments about African-American officers.
Immediately the NAACP was on the case like white on rice, I mean, like black on black beans. But when it predictably came to light that it was a hoax like almost all cases of racism against blacks, the social justice warriors became sheepish. Bleats George Mintz, head of the local chapter,
“At this point, we only know what has been published in the newspaper.”
Here’s what has been published:
On Feb. 9, Higgins claimed he found the letter in his mailbox. He subsequently filed a police report stating that after the discovery he was “In fear for his life,” and immediately contacted Blackwell.
His superior Lt. Lonnie Blackwell is head of the police training academy and president of the Bridgeport Guardians, a black officers’ organization. Now Higgins says that Blackwell ordered him to write the letter “to bring attention to the department with respect to ongoing racial complaints.” That is, to create phony evidence in support of politically motivated complaints. Bridgeport is over 30% black — i.e., past the tipping point.
Like most hate hoaxers, Higgins does not appear to be among the sharpest knives in the drawer:
State police later met with Higgins, according to the arrest warrant affidavit, and pointed out that minutes before he claimed he found the hate letter he is seen on surveillance video typing out a letter on a department computer, printing it out and then making copies.
The letter he is seen typing appears to be the same letter he claims he found, the affidavit states.
“Higgins looked at the photographs and began rubbing and shaking his head. Higgins then admitted that it was in fact the hate letter he claimed to have found in his mailbox,” the affidavit states.
Please welcome Clive Higgins and Lonnie Blackwell to the Hate Hoax List.
On tips from Southern Reality, Dave F, rpp, Maudie, Sean C, Torcer, Henry, Steve A, RKae, and Rusty Bill.