Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is looking for the resignations of 4 county officers after the McCurtain Gazette-Information obtained an audio recording of them making racist feedback and discussing their technique for having journalists killed and buried.
The officers, who had been reportedly recorded throughout a March 6 county fee assembly, are McCurtain County Sheriff Kevin Clardy, Sheriff’s Capt. Alicia Manning, District 2 Commissioner Mark Jennings and Jail Administrator Larry Hendrix.
“I’m each appalled and disheartened to listen to of the horrid feedback made by officers in McCurtain County,” Stitt stated in an announcement, the Related Press reported Monday. “There may be merely no place for such hateful rhetoric within the state of Oklahoma, particularly by people who serve to signify the neighborhood by their respective workplace.”
In a single clip, Jennings appears to complain that lynchings of Black persons are outlawed. “Take them all the way down to Mud Creek and grasp them up with a rattling rope,” he stated. “However you’ll be able to’t do this anymore. They received extra rights than we received.”
In one other, the group discusses Bruce Willingham, writer of the print-only McCurtain Gazette-Information, in addition to his son, Chris, who’s a reporter there.
“I do know the place two deep holes are dug for those who ever want them,” he stated, to which Clardy responded: “I’ve received an excavator.”
“Effectively,” Jennings replied, “these are already pre-dug.”
As if that wasn’t sufficient, Jennings appeared to brag that he’s identified “two or three hitmen” in Louisiana who’re “very quiet guys” and “would minimize no fucking mercy.”
The elder Willingham stated he obtained the clips with a voice-activated recorder that he left contained in the assembly room on a hunch that the fee was breaking the regulation by conducting official enterprise after the assembly’s conclusion. Willingham gave the clips to the FBI and the state’s Lawyer Basic’s Workplace, he added.