A Saint Louis Police Officer received an envelope with his name on it that was put in an internal mailbox at the South City Substation of the Saint Louis Police Department.
This is what it said:
"You black (slur). We want you out of our station. We want your black (slur) dead. (Expletive) your medals. If an aide call comes out for you WE WON'T RESPOND. KILL YOURSELF (slur) OR WE WILL. Respectfully, South Patrol."
"To see it communicated in such a blatant way infuriates me,"
-- Sgt. Darren Wilson of the Ethical Police Society
Sgt. Wilson represents African American police officers on the force and knows the officer who got the letter.
"I think he went through some denial, some seclusion, maybe some fear, insecurity. He's very well-liked, very popular. He's an excellent officer, he's got an excellent reputation. It's heart-wrenching and heart breaking for us to know that element is among us."
-- Sgt. Wilson
A criminal investigation has been launched. Sgt. Wilson said the letter likely came from someone within the substation but he said most officers have access to all of the stations. Wilson said the racist letter doesn't surprise him.
"Those type things are prevalent and still exist. We're not going to be ignorant to it. We're not going to pretend these issues don't exist."
-- Sgt. Wilson
He said the officer who got the letter is getting support from his fellow officers, both black and white. He's filed an official complaint. Wilson said Police Chief Sam Dotson is taking steps to protect the officer's safety.
These are the type of officers; whether they are black, white, Hispanic, etc., if they are to raged with personal hatred for other races, then they should not be allowed to work in a policing type environment. The fact that there was an active threat to kill the officer, should hopefully bring formal charges and not just administrative findings against the officer or officers who are responsible for this outrage.