A white police officer was filmed in Salem, Oregon on June 1 telling a group of armed white men to shelter inside the Glamour Salon to avoid being arrested for violating a curfew so police officers “don’t look like [they’re] playing favorites,” notes BuzzFeed News:
We’re going to really enforce the citywide curfew shutdown so we can arrest anybody walking around.
My command wanted me to come talk to you guys and request that you guys secrete people inside the businesses or in your vehicles somewhere where it’s not a violation… so we don’t look like we’re playing favorites. That would be unhealthy.
A longer version of the video, posted by Jared Ritchert on Facebook, shows the same police officer telling the white men that he and his fellow officers had “really appreciated the attitude you guys have all had.”
Glamour Salon owner Lindsey Graham told BuzzFeed News that she had asked for men to protect her store because she had heard it would be targeted by looters because she violated coronavirus safety rules in May, which she was fined for doing.
Graham said that Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore should not have apologized [for the blatant favoritism):
The chief of police should not have to defend himself for an officer enforcing the law and telling people he’s going to enforce the law.
On June 4, Moore said the police department had received emails and calls about the video of the officer, who he refused to identify:
The message we have received is a concern that we are treating people differently. For that I tell you, I am sorry. Sorry that there is even a thought that this department would treat some different than others.
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