In Georgia, an African American police officer, who excelled in the ranks of his department says he was fired after stating that he and another officer, who is white, are dating.
By disclosing his relationship to the Darien Police Department, Karone Robinson says he “saw the true colors” of his job and that “all his dreams with the department went out the door.” This led to him filing suit against the police department and the City of Darien. “Not just the chief sees me as less than, the whole city sees me as less than, the council, the mayor, the city manager, you all see me as not worth it, not just me, all black people,” said Robinson.
After becoming a drug cop in Darien, a small town near Savannah, he said his “dreams were answered.” He was moving up in the department pretty quickly before revealing his relationship.
He went from being a drug cop to rising the ranks to a drug investigator. Saying that “I jumped in with both feet,” regarding his advancement. In this role, he had a big win by busting a major drug win which Robinson said: “was the best day of my life.”
Then things changed after he went public about his relationship with a white female officer at their department. “It was one day I’m the best thing since sliced bread, and the next day I can’t walk and chew bubble gum. I can’t do anything right,” he told Channel 2.
“Extremely depressing, that was the lowest point I have ever been in my entire life,” he told WSB-TV.
When asked if anyone spoke to him about dating a white woman, Robinson replied: “No, not anything overt like that.” However now looking back, he notices now he overlooked signs, such as a Nazi flag that was displayed outside their police department for years. “I totally blocked the flag out. It had been there for so long,” he said.
The trouble apparently began when the chief of the Darien Police Department suspended him for traveling with his girlfriend to Atlanta in his police car. This was unfair to Robinson as the chief allowed other officers to use their patrol cars off duty.
He then got suspended again for working alongside the Sheriff’s Office. This was when the chief demoted him to a patrol officer, causing Robinson to nearly have a nervous breakdown.
“I’d go home. I’d cry. I’d be mad. I’d be depressed,” said Robinson.
Robinson was then told that he and his girlfriend couldn’t work off-duty security at a popular restaurant by a Lieutenant since that the staff no longer felt comfortable around the two. “Immediately I know what it is. I mean the chief’s wife works there,” said Robinson.
The chief even admitted during a deposition that when he found out his daughter was “dating a black boy, I became so physically ill I vomited.”
Then Robinson says that the chief created a paper trail to get him fired. One being that he failed to notify dispatch at the start and end of his shift which apparently “It wasn’t even anything anybody had heard of,” said Robinson’s attorney, Katie Mitchell.
“Each of the witnesses that were deposed, there was not a single officer whether a party for the Darien Police Department or from another agency that had ever even heard of another officer’s being terminated for policy infractions such as failing to notify dispatch,” Mitchell said.
Robinson admits that filing a lawsuit against the police brotherhood is against cop code but what they did to him was unforgivable. He says “That’s my fight and I’m going to fight it all the way to the end.”
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Written by Imani Maxberry
Sources: www.thegrio.com // www.wsbtv.com