A West Virginia police officer has been suspended after authorities discovered video on his computer of his young daughter wearing police gear and marching to the Ku Klux Klan anthem.
Lt. Shawn Williams, of the Charleston Police Department, was placed on leave last week pending an internal investigation by the department, reports the Charleston Gazette.
According to sources who have seen the video, Williams’ daughter can be seen in the video wearing police officer gear and marching to the Ku Klux Klan anthem, with William’s voice heard in the background asking her questions and using derogatory racial language. Those same sources said there were multiple videos on the computer.
The anthem, Stand Up And Be Counted, is performed to a martial beat and begins: “Stand up and be counted, show the world that you’re a man. Stand up and be counted, go with the Ku Klux Klan.”
In a statement on Monday, Williams said he could not comment on the accusations stating they were related to sealed divorce records.
“My wife and I are in the middle of a difficult and painful divorce,” he explained. “Neither of us can or should disclose or comment on deeply personal matters involving our children, who are my first concern. These matters involve a sealed court proceeding.”
Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster declined to comment on the on-going investigation citing personnel privacy issues.
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