Fla. Police Chief’s Racist Emails: Obama’s Father a Barking Animal
September 20, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—If you thought the first ever Hispanic police chief hired to serve and protect a small South Florida community would be the least likely public official to display racial animus, you would be wrong. Meet Wilton Manors Police Chief Richard Perez. He has been suspended for 30-days without pay, while he completes racial sensitivity training. What did he do? Perez sent numerous racist and offensive “jokes” to his colleagues at work using his official email account, which contained the N-word, suggested President Obama was the offspring of an animal and fantasized about a contingent of marines assassinating President Obama during his inauguration.
The offensive emails were first reported by the South Florida Times newspaper. After city officials conducted an investigation, the emails were traced to the email account of Police Chief Richard Perez. The community’s top cop admitted to sending the emails and apologized, while also acknowledging he could offer “no excuses” for his offensive behavior.
Some of the most egregious emails advanced derogatory racial stereotypes.
One email sent by Perez, entitled “Mom’s memory” attacked President Obama’s biracial background and portrayed his father as an animal.
“One e-mail that was forwarded to top brass within the police department on Friday, July 23, 2010, from Perez’s account said, “A little boy said to his mother, ‘Mommy, how come I’m black and you’re white.’ His mother replied, ‘Don’t even go there, Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!’”
Another Perez email expressed regret that President Obama was not killed during his inauguration.
“This came from a Marine’s wife. It says it all: I sat, as did millions of other Americans, and watched as the government Under went [sic] a peaceful transition of power a year ago. At first, I felt a swell of pride and patriotism while Barack Obama took his Oath of office,” states an email titled, “Confessions of Marine’s Wife” that was sent from the account of Sgt. Peter “Pete” Bigelsen June 10 to Perez and Captain Dorris “Dee” Seibert, the department’s second highest ranking officer behind Perez.
“However, all that pride quickly vanished as I later watched 21 Marines, In full dress uniform with rifles, Fire a 21-gun salute to the President. It was then that I realized how far America’s military had deteriorated. Every damn one of them missed the bastard.”
Perez also showed contempt for minority students in public schools, by circulating an email entitled “Math class.”
“Dwayne pimps 3 ho’s. If the price is $85 per trick, how many tricks per day must each ho turn to support Dwayne’s $800 per day Crack habit?? reads that e-mail. It includes nine other questions depicting similarly derogatory situations.”
The South Florida Times reports Perez also emailed bigoted descriptions of Muslims, and Arabs. He called Arabs, “camel shaggers” and relayed a torture scenario email consisting of “connecting the wet testicles of ‘rag heads’ to a battery.”
Perez was also removed from his teaching position at Broward College’s Institute of Public Safety.
Ironically, Perez issued an internal directive to his staff in 2007, stating “e-mails that use abusive or insulting language towards members of the department are unacceptable and shall not be tolerated.”