'Burn baby burn': that’s how white cops feel about Blacks

By Sinclere Lee

AUSTIN, Texas (BNW) –
It’s not only in Austin Texas and in the deep South, white cops that patrol the Black communities across America hate the guts out of the Black people they are suppose to be protecting. If this is how the so-called majority suppose to protect the interest of the minorities in this country, well, it’s hell being a person Black in America.

Recent history is replete in this country with the white police's resentment and disrespect against Blacks, particularly men — they feel this way because Black people are nothing more than animals to the white cops! For example, five police officers and four dispatchers were suspended for sending computer messages after a nightclub caught fire joking about the blaze and quoting a line from the song "Disco Inferno" -- "burn baby burn."

The hatred against Blacks at the scene of the fire by those white cops is so obvious that it should make every fair minded American sick. And yet, it’s not an isolated incident, it happens everyday in this country against Blacks. The whites cops in this country act like Nazis when it comes to dealing with Black Americans!

Witnesses at the Midtown Live club saw the "burn baby burn" message on the computer screen inside an officer's patrol car during the February 18 fire. Police Chief Stan Knee said a commander and corporal who responded to the scene worked to calm angry witnesses.

The club has a mostly black clientele, and there were suggestions after the fire that the messages revealed racial bias in the department.

Documents released Friday indicate that after hearing a transmission about the fire, officer John Lengefeld sent a message from his patrol car to fellow officer Josue Martinez that said "burn baby burn."

Martinez replied that he was laughing, and "Those were my exact thoughts." Other officers chimed in with more than two hours of messages.

Among those receiving 15-day unpaid suspensions was officer William White, who sent a note that said, "U can smell from (Interstate) 35. It is the smell of victory."

Dispatcher Susan Negron wrote, "I have some extra gasoline if they need it," according to the documents, and "My nite is made. I just had a lady ask me if it was burning. I said yep. She was upset. I was enthralled."

Dispatcher Ashlye Bauerle wrote, "You hear that Midtown is on fire!! The roof of a club . . . That's funny! Gives a whole new meaning to the roof, the roof is on fire," the documents said.

Knee called the messages "inappropriate." All the suspended dispatchers and officers said they regretted their actions and that their messages were intended as jokes. A sixth officer received a written reprimand.

The messages also indicated that the officers were tired of responding to calls at the establishment. Statistics show that police responded to 129 calls last year for reports that included a stabbing, gunshots and public intoxication. The calls made Midtown the fifth busiest club for police response citywide, according to police statistics.

Knee said a sergeant and an additional dispatcher remain under investigation.

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