Editor’s note: This article contains offensive language.
The Tulsa, Oklahoma, police chief was placed on administrative leave Thursday after an audio recording revealed the sergeant making inappropriate comments during a training session about protesters against police brutality.
The comments were made earlier this month at a Citizens Police Academy meeting where residents can learn more about police operations and procedures, the Tulsa Police Department said. written statement Wednesday night
“During this training session, the supervisor expressed several personal opinions that are not acceptable for any Tulsa police officer to represent the Department,” the statement said.
The audio recording was provided to CNN affiliate KJRH by a participant. In the station’s copy, the police chief called the response to protests against police brutality after the death of George Floyd “like beating a bunch of bad kids.”
The sergeant is also known to use a slur when referring to the protesters, saying, “When the anti-police riots started and they hit Tulsa, this isn’t Oregon or Seattle. If you play backwards here, we’re going to burn your ass.”
In 2020, Tulsa was one of the many cities that saw large demonstrations after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. It sparked nationwide protests against police brutality.
At the beginning of the session, the officer can be heard saying: “Left versus right, white versus black, that’s all bullshit, it’s all bullshit. It’s people who love this country and are willing to abide by the law and make changes to the law against people who hate this country and want it to be more like the old Soviet Union or China.”
At the end of the recording provided to KJRH, the man said, “Nothing is more dangerous to America than a liberal white person.”
Tulsa Police have not released the name of the person heard on the recording.
“The sergeant’s comments do not reflect the values of this department,” Police Chief Wendell Franklin tweeted Wednesday. “I have placed the sergeant on restricted duty while the circumstances of the incident are investigated.”
Franklin’s statement indicated that the other police officers present may face discipline.
“If the investigations reveal that any police officer has failed in his duties, they will be held accountable,” he said.