William Wingate is a 70-year-old black veteran and retired bus driver in Seattle. On July 9th, 2014, his civil rights were grossly violated by what can only be described as a really dumb cop.
Things like this happen every day in America and little to nothing ever gets done about it.
The entire event was caught on the officer’s dash-cam (like I said, dumb), and there is no other emotion this video could invoke in a mentally healthy person other than anger.
The video shows officer Cynthia Whitlatch driving through the streets of Seattle. The officer turns a corner and drives a full city block to the next corner, where victim Wingate was standing while using a golf club as a cane.
The officer is heard getting out of her car and immediately yelling at the elderly man, ordering the him to drop the golf club. The veteran is understandably confused and can barely hear the officer through the traffic.
Refusing to put the golf club down, he tells the cop that he walks with the golf club and has for many years.
That’s when the brilliant officer realizes she has zero reason for doing this and can be heard clearly accusing the man of swinging the golf club at the officer as she turned a corner.
The problem is, the last corner she turned before harassing the man was a fully city block from the elderly man, and nowhere on the video does the man raise the golf club at all. The officer makes a left and two rights before reaching Wingate, not indicative of someone circling around back to someone either. She didn’t have a leg to stand on.
The man is visibly upset upon hearing the cop trying to set him up.
A kind male officer arrives on the scene and deescalates the situation by calmly talking to the elderly man like a human being.
During the investigation, the department released the dash-cam video and received public outcries calling for the officer’s job to be terminated immediately. Further investigation led to other troubling indicators of racism.
I have yet to find a smart racist, and judging by this cop’s Facebook post…I still haven’t.
Officer Whitlatch was fired from her job as a police officer on Tuesday. Her department had this to say about her release:
“Officer Cynthia Whitlatch was served today with a termination notice for sustained policy violations involving bias, abuse of police discretion, and escalation of a contact on July 9, 2014.”
The sad part is, such serious action may only have been taken because the Seattle Police Department is being federally monitored. As we have seen before, it is pretty difficult to get a cop fired, no matter what they do.
The Office of Professional Accountability found that officer Whitlatch’s arrest of William Wingate was racially motivated.
The department has issued an apology to the victim as well as dropped all the charges against him.
Dare I ask, should all state police departments be monitored by the government?
Watch the video below and decide for yourself.