Police union president calls diversity provisions 'sexist and racist'

Officer suspended after emailing that he'll hire 'weed smokers, crackheads, and a few child molesters and murderers to round it out'

Police union president calls diversity provisions 'sexist and racist'

The president of a police union in the Denver suburb of Aurora has been suspended after he sent an email to the group's 240 members calling diversity provisions in an agreement between the city and the state “sexist and racist”, according to a report by The Associated Press.

Officer Doug Wilkinson sent the email on Nov. 16 and was placed on leave the following day after a number of officers complained to HR.

“To match the `diversity' of `the community' we could make sure to hire 10% illegal aliens, 50% weed smokers, 10% crackheads, and a few child molesters and murderers to round it out. You know, so we can make the department look like the `community,''' Wilkinson wrote in the email.

An agreement announced Nov. 16 set up reforms for the Aurora police and fire departments following a lengthy state investigation that found a pattern of racist policing and excessive use of force. It calls for updated hiring practices so the police and fire departments better reflect the city's racial makeup.

The investigation was sparked by the death – and subsequent outrage - of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who was put into a chokehold by Aurora police and injected by paramedics with ketamine in 2019.

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Wilkinson told KCNC-TV his missive was intended to be ``a private email message to the members'' and should not have been made public. “I'm trying to have an honest conversation'' without it becoming a ``word salad,'' he said.

Wilkinson's email criticized the agreement's provisions for diversity in hiring and promotions within the police department.

``The decree indicates that they want to replace as many of the department's white males as possible with as many women and minorities,'' he wrote. ``It's as simple as that. To do that they are going to hire and promote non-whites and non-males wherever they can.''

According to Wilkinson, ``The State's plan, fully embraced by the city, is literally systematically sexist and racist.''

He also wrote that he would prefer that the department focus on intelligence, personal ethics and courage as the only criteria for hiring and promotion.

Lt. Chris Amsler, an aide to Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson, told KCNC-TV the police chief is ``very concerned'' about the email and added that the Aurora Police Association does not speak for the police department and is not the recognized bargaining unit with the city.

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