- An Ohio police chief resigned after placing a “Ku Klux Klan” note on a Black colleague’s desk.
- Former Sheffield Lake police Chief Anthony Campo stepped down on Tuesday, Cleveland.com reported.
- Sheffield Lake Mayor Dennis Bring denounced Campo’s actions calling it “disgusting,” the report said.
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An Ohio police chief resigned earlier this week after placing a racially offensive “Ku Klux Klan” note on a fellow Black officer’s desk.
Sheffield Lake Mayor Dennis Bring told Cleveland.com that former police chief Anthony Campo stepped down from his position on Tuesday.
Footage of the incident obtained by the outlet shows the moment Campo put the note on top of a yellow jacket laid out on the officer’s desk. According to the report, the coat looked similar to the white supremacist group’s hood.
“He thought this was just a joke,” Bring told Cleveland.com. “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.”
According to the Associated Press, Bring was informed about what happened by the Sheffield Lake Law Director, who received a harassment complaint from the police union. Bring then confronted Campo about the incident.
“I came into the chief’s office, and he’s standing there with a smile on his face,” Bring told Cleveland.com. “He goes, ‘So, am I fired?’
The unnamed Black officer worked for the department for nine months. The ex-chief, Campo, was an officer for 33 years and served as the chief for eight before his resignation, the AP reported.
Bring condemned Campo’s actions, and according to Cleveland.com, issued an apology to the officer.
“I apologized to him. I can’t describe it in one word,” Bring told Cleveland.com. “This is not a mistake. This is something so egregious I can’t describe it.”