Racially charged incidents have caused problems in Charleston.|
Charleston’s police chief Brent Webster has recommended disciplinary action against longtime officer Lt. Shawn Williams, who is
accused of making racially charged videos.
Media reports indicate the officer could be dismissed.
Reports indicate the videos were circulated to members of the Charleston Police force.
Those reports say sources who have seen the video indicate one of the videos depict Williams' eight-year-old daughter dressed in articles of a police uniform, including a police gun belt and a police badge, dancing to Johnny Rebel's Ku Klux Klan songs.
Those reports say the videos compared African-Americans to gorillas.
The videos reportedly have radically-charged statements about black Charleston police officers, showing Lt. Williams laughing in the background.
Lt. Williams, who has been on the force for 16 years, was placed on leave in October pending an investigation by the police department's professional standards division.
Williams has been in charge of the department's Community Services Division.
The Charleston Daily Mail's popular right-wing columnist Don Surber was recently fired after a 30-year stint at the paper, after he wrote on his blog that the black teen shot dead by a Ferguson, Missouri policeman, was an "animal" and deserved "to be (put) down."
Surber reportedly received hundreds of supportive comments regarding his statements.
While pundits call for a "national dialogue" regarding race problems, it is apparent that that the issue continues to be politically polarized.