*Now we’re getting somewhere. If white people want to know what they can do to help end racism, they can call it out, in the moment! Hooray for the brave officers of Clatskanie, Oregon who stepped up to the plate and filed a complaint against the racist police chief who they say compared black people to monkeys following the arrest of a black woman.
When the arrested woman threatened to sue for discrimination, Police Chief Marvin Hoover is said to have imitated a monkey and “beat his chest like Tarzan” after describing the woman as “an animal”.
KOIN 6 became privy to a report in which Officer Alex Stone, a Caucasian, states, “I relayed several of the arrestee’s remarks such as, ‘When you look at me, my black [skin] and my nappy hair, all you see is animal.’”
He added, “Chief Hoover interrupted me and said, ‘That’s what she is.’”
The report reveals the discomfort of officers Gibson and Stone when the police chief apparently began acting like a monkey, placing his hands under his armpits and scratching them and making monkey noises, according to Stone, who states, “As Chief Hoover was comparing African-Americans to monkeys, I began to become extremely uncomfortable.”
“I have never been in a work environment where a manager, especially an executive officer, is openly racist.”–Officer Alex Stone
Hoover resigned after being placed on paid leave at the end of August.
This is apparently to the great disappointment of Clatskanie Mayor Diane Pohl, who paid tribute to him in a public letter.
Is it any surprise that both the mayor and the police chief were unavailable for comment?
Officer Stone and his family have now become targets in their Clatskanie community. And for his human decency and courageous action, (not to mention the fact that he even appeared on camera) I hope the people who believe in what he did will stand behind this family and support them; and at the same time put pressure on the city and its mayor for their apparent support of the police chief; and any danger in this family’s path.
Because we take care of people who take care of us. And going straight to the top to remove these racists from their powerful positions is the best way!
We may not all be in Clatskanie, Oregon, so we cannot physically help protect Stone’s family. But we can lend our support for his actions by bombarding City Hall with letters: 95 S. Nehalem Street, Clatskanie, OR 97016
and more immediately by sharing the hashtag:
No info on the woman that was arrested as of this writing.
Watch the KOIN 6 video report directly below.