Mississippi Police Chief Sam Dobbins Fired After Racist Recording Where He Bragged About Shooting Black Suspect ‘119 Times’ is Leaked

A Mississippi police chief has been sacked after he was recorded spewing racist and homophobic epithets— and even bragged about repeatedly shooting and killing suspects.

“I shot that n— 119 times, OK?” former police chief Sam Dobbins said, according to the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting.

On Wednesday, the Board of Aldermen in Lexington, Mississippi, chose to remove Dobbins as head of the city’s police department.

In a censored copy of the recording obtained by local affiliate NBC3 Jackson, two men are heard on the audio. One of the men is former Lexington officer Robert Lee Hooker, a Black man who made the recording. The other man was identified as Dobbins, who is white. The two men are heard discussing something that Dobbins allegedly said that upset Hooker.

“Well, if you’re looking for an apology after I gave you an apology back then, you’re barking up the wrong tree,” Dobbins says. “I told you the other day, I said, ‘Hooker, you’re going to understand. I didn’t mean anything personal by it when I said what I said.’ …If you gonna let some words bother you, maybe this ain’t the place for you.”

Dobbins asserts in the audio that he said whatever it was that offended Hooker in order to silence the officer.

“I’m just trying to get you to shut up. That’s all I was trying to get you to do. …It ain’t nothing personal,” he says.

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SOURCE: The Daily Beast, Brooke Leigh Howard

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