An Ohio police chief resigned last week after he was captured on surveillance video leaving a note reading “Ku Klux Klan” on a jacket that was sitting on a Black officer’s desk, according to the city’s mayor.
Sheffield Lake Mayor Dennis Bring learned of the incident, which happened June 25, after the police union representing the officer who was targeted filed a harassment complaint.
Bring told Cleveland.com he had an emotional conversation with police chief Anthony Campo and told Campo that he would be placed on administrative leave. During the conversation, Campo said he intended to resign effective immediately.
“This is the most egregious and offensive thing you could possibly do,” Bring told the outlet. “And it’s embarrassing and disgusting.”
Bring did not immediately respond to a request for comment from USA TODAY.
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Bring said he apologized to the officer who received the note the day after Campo’s resignation, according to Cleveland.com. The newspaper reported that the officer, who has not been publicly identified, has retained an attorney.
Campo has been with the department for 33 years. He apologized for offending anyone but told The Morning Journal he is not racist and the incident was a joke.
“That’s all it was,” Campo said. “I had a joking back and forth banter with that officer since I hired him.”
Sheffield Lake is roughly 27 miles west of Cleveland and the police department has 14 members, according to WKYC. The Ku Klux Klan, one of the oldest American hate groups which primarily targets Black Americans, has a chapter in Dayton, Ohio, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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