A story coming out of Alabama which has been published by the Henry County Report is deeply disturbing. According to the publication, police officers in the city of Dothan, Alabama have framed black residents for gun and drug crimes – then covered it up at the highest levels possible.
This isn’t a case of officers failing to report corruption and misconduct. This is apparently an issue of multiple honest officers in Dothan reporting the actions of cops tied to a racist organization back in the late 1990s, only to have the Internal Affairs investigation shelved by the police chief and district attorney.
Via Henry County Report:
The Alabama Justice Project has obtained documents that reveal a Dothan Police Department’s Internal Affairs investigation was covered up by the district attorney. A group of up to a dozen police officers on a specialized narcotics team were found to have planted drugs and weapons on young black men for years. They were supervised at the time by Lt. Steve Parrish, current Dothan Police Chief, and Sgt. Andy Hughes, current Director of Homeland Security for the State of Alabama. All of the officers reportedly were members of a Neoconfederate organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center labels “racial extremists.” The group has advocated for blacks to return to Africa, published that the civil rights movement is really a Jewish conspiracy, and that blacks have lower IQ’s . Both Parrish and Hughes held leadership positions in the group and are pictured above holding a confederate battle flag at one of the club’s secret meetings.
The documents shared reveal that the internal affairs investigation was covered up to protect the aforementioned officers’ law enforcement careers and keep them from being criminally prosecuted. (Source)
Based on the documents provided by the Henry County Report and my years of living in that area of the country, this story seems entirely plausible. This area of the country is extremely conservative and there are racist groups like the KKK and Neo-Confederates that are still active. There is a large concentration of Neo-Nazis, the KKK and other racist organizations which dot the SPLC’s hate map throughout the Southeastern United States, and Alabama is far from exempt.
From 2007 to 2010, I lived a short drive from Dothan, where these alleged incidents occurred. I can attest to the rampant racism that was prevalent in the area, including white restaurant owners who felt no discomfort in dropping racial slurs while shucking oysters at the local bar. This was in addition to locals who were openly hostile and even threatening to me based on the fact I had no problem voting for President Obama, despite living in what is probably the most conservative area of Florida.
While some liberals who have been sucked into the libertarian organizations like Cop Block want to blame the police for these acts of racism from individual officers connected to hate groups, the problem is that many other officers in Dothan did come forward to report them, and the Internal Affairs investigation was shut down by higher powers.
Even though many cities across the country do not employ members of racist organizations like Neo-Confederates, or advance them to high-level law enforcement positions, there are still a number of people like the police officers of Dothan who are working in local and state-level offices.
Our concern should be with helping groups like the SPLC uncover these racists in our government, and then forcing them out of office. Racism is alive and well in the South, and Dothan is apparently the most blatant example of it discovered in recent years.
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