Allegations of racism within the Bridgeport Police Department have surfaced.
Recently, a letter with the words “White Power” written on it circulated through the department, and officers said this letter threatens minority officers.
The police officers said they have seen about three racially charged letters circulate throughout the department within the last year, but they said this recent one was different, and even called out one officer by name.
Members of The Bridgeport Guardians, a fraternal organization for minority officers, said the racist letter targeting black officers was left inside of some department mailboxes last week.
Detective Harold Dimbo said someone had anonymously typed the threat on department letter head.
The first words said “White Power” and added “these black officers belong in the toilet,” specifically mentioning Officer Clive Higgins by name.
"Any time you hear an officer's name, we're all brothers and sisters, it's just like somebody threatens your brother, you can't understand why. It's 2015 and you're threatening him because of the color of his skin,” Dimbo said.
The letter also said “You better watch your back” and “We know where you live,” and added “Remember you have no duty weapon to defend yourself,” and mentioned that the “chief and assistant chief want you out of here.”
Higgins was suspended after a video surfaced of an arrest in Bridgeport's Beardsley Park.
Higgins is one of three officers shown kicking a suspect.
A jury acquitted him of using unreasonable force last month.
Higgins did not speak at a press conference that was held.
Eyewitness News was told that Higgins is working but has been assigned to the records room.
"If it came from the outside, we'd think, 'OK people really don't like police,' but coming from inside, there are no words to be said,” Dimbo said.
A city spokesperson said racial discrimination will not be tolerated and immediate action will be taken pending the outcome of the investigation.
The Guardians organization members said they will continue to work with Bridgeport's police chief to get to the bottom of the matter.
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