Well this is great news.69-year-old, African-American William Wingate, was arrested in July 2014 by Cynthia Whitlatch under the accusation of attacking her with his golf club. A video surfaced of the arrest and shows that Whitlatch had a clear racial bias in the situation. All charges were dropped and the Police Chief left Cynthia with this message:
“Your perceptions of race and other protected categories appear to be so deeply seated that they likely impacted the authoritarian manner in which you treated this man and your refusal to deviate from that approach towards an individual whose actions did not warrant such treatment.
Your inability to understand, even in hindsight, that your behavior was unnecessarily aggressive, an abuse of discretion, and negatively impacted the community’s confidence in this police service, offers me no pathway to confidence that your behavior will improve or change. Without this ability to learn from your mistakes, understand how you can improve and do better, and recognize your own errors, you are unable to effectively function as an officer.”
Watch the clip of the arrest here: