A Florida police captain is catching major heat after being recorded telling her deputies to act like “white supremacist” and “neo-Nazi.”
Police body cameras don’t only catch the video of an incident, but they also record the audio which is what led a Florida police captain to be relieved from her post.
Sources say that Capt. Penny Phelps was recently suspended from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office after making racial remarks during a murder investigation.
Back in 2017, Phelps was investigating a case known as the “treehouse murder” which involved two black men who fatally stabbed a 59-year-old man and injured a 55-year-old woman.
The Three suspects, suspects Rory “Detroit” Wilson, 52, and Franklin Tyrone Tucker, 48, were all being investigated by Phelp’s department when she orders her deputies to stop Wilson if he tries to flee the scene on a bike.
“We don’t want Detroit knowing that we know who he is,” Phelps said of Wilson. “We want it to look like you’re the grumpy old man. You have nothing better to do than, you’re the white supremacist, you’re messing with the black guy who’s riding his bike.”
“I just want you to be the neo-Nazi who’s picking on the black guy riding the bike,” she added.
Phelps was also heard telling other deputies;
“the white supremacist cop picking on the poor black guy that’s riding on a bike.”
Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay was made aware of the situation back in 2017 when he pulled Phelps from the case.
“Several issues concerning the treehouse murder case have been brought to my attention,” Ramsay said in a statement. “I immediately turned them over to my Internal Affairs Division and directed that an investigation be initiated. At this point, I’m prohibited by law from discussing the details of the investigation until it is concluded.”
Phelps who has been with the sheriff’s office for 18 years earning a $110,000 annual salary may or may not lose her job due to this incident.
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