James Gilmore Bio – Wiki
James Gilmore is the third police officer of Wilmington, North Carolina, police department, who is fired on his racist conversations during the George Floyd protests.
Two of the men, Kevin Piner and James Gilmore were police officers while the third, Jesse Moore was a corporal. All three had been members of the Wilmington PD in North Carolina for over twenty years.
He is 48 years old.
James Gilmore Fired Over Racist Recordings
The firings happened the day after a new Black police chief, Donny Williams, was named in a unanimous decision, but the investigation started on June 4 when the sergeant responsible for monthly video audits found files labeled as “accidental activations” and heard conversations between the officers that were full of racist remarks and disparaging comments about the WPD and some of its officers.
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— Wilmington Police (@WilmingtonPD) June 19, 2020
Some of the most shocking came from officer Piner, who spoke about how he’s ready for a civil war, saying, soon “we are just gonna go out and start slaughtering them f****n n***ers. I can’t wait. God, I can’t wait.”
Gilmore’s role in the recording happened when he pulled his police vehicle next to Piner’s during some downtime. According to the reports, the two men started talking about the protests and Piner told Gilmore their agency’s only concern was “kneeling down with the Black folks.”
Gilmore then went into how he was disturbed by videos he saw on social media that showed white people “bowing down on their knees and worshiping Blacks,” including a video of a “fine-looking white girl and this punk little pretty boy bowing down and kissing their toes.”
Gilmore said, “How many times have I told you it’s almost like they think they’re their own god.”
During the investigation into the recordings, Gilmore said his comments were not racist, but rather that the video he saw of “white guys getting on their knees and chanting about worshiping blacks was concerning.” He said he’d feel that way no matter who was worshipping who because “worshiping anyone other than God is a violation of the Ten Commandments.”
Gilmore told investigators he “always treats everyone fairly regardless of their race.”
Chief Donnie Williams was appointed the role on June 23, and on June 24 he fired the officers. In his statement, he wrote, “Today is a challenging day for me because as your new police chief – one of my first major tasks is to announce the termination of three veteran police officers for misconduct.”
— Wilmington Police (@WilmingtonPD) June 24, 2020
Williams said the firings of the three officers were “extremely necessary” in a statement he released about firing Piner, Gilmore, and Moore. In part, he wrote:
There are certain behaviors that one must have in order to be a police officer and these three officers have demonstrated that they do not possess it. When I first learned of these conversations, I was shocked, saddened, and disgusted. There is no place for this behavior in our agency or our city and it will not be tolerated.
Our agency is hurting today because individuals who we believed honored their oath of office violated it and ripped at the very fabric of our family. Please pray for us as we heal and become better because of this challenge. Please don’t judge our officers based on the conduct of a few. We have great officers who work for our agency and I proudly stand with them and beside them.