A Pennsylvania cop has been fired after saying black people ‘cannot take care of their own or anyone else without playing the race card’ and that ‘to say BLM and not all lives matter is racist’ in a shocking email to the local mayor and media.
Erie Police Sergeant Jeff Annunziata, 62, was told to hand over his badge and gun Thursday after he sent the ‘racist and derogatory’ email to Erie Mayor Joe Schember and local news reporters.
Annunziata, a 34-year veteran of the force, blasted what he called ‘unnecessary movements’ and said banning the display of the Confederate flag is a violation of the First Amendment in the scathing memo.
He also laid into journalists over their reporting of the current civil unrest and made unsubstantiated claims that BLM is working with Antifa and that George Soros and The Clinton foundation are funding both the racial equality movement and the far-left group.
Erie Police Sergeant Jeff Annunziata, 62, (pictured in 2006) was fired Thursday after he sent the ‘racist and derogatory’ email to Erie Mayor Joe Schember and local news reporters
Schember announced Annunziata was fired from his position on the force in a press conference Thursday.
‘Sgt. Jeff Annunziata sent an email to members of the media containing racist and derogatory statements,’ Schember said.
‘I condemn these statements. I am appalled and disgusted by the racial insensitivity of this email.’
Police Chief Dan Spizarny, also speaking at the conference, said he was ‘sickened’ by the veteran cop’s email.
He said he had immediately suspended Annunziata after the email came to light and it emerged he had sent it from his city account.
‘I speak for the command staff when I say that we are all sickened by the language of Mr. Annunziata,’ Spizarny said.
Ed Betza, the city’s solicitor, said Annunziata was not working when he sent the email and said the cop has 10 days to challenge the decision.
Annunziata sent the shocking email at around 7 p.m. Monday to Schember and four Erie Times-News reporters, Erie Times-News reported Thursday.
In the rambling email, the chief traffic investigator for Erie police defended his profession saying it was ‘minute numbers’ who have killed black men and slammed protesters over the ongoing civil unrest, following the Memorial Day ‘murder’ of black man George Floyd at the hands of a white cop.
Schember announced Annunziata was fired from his position on the force in a press conference Thursday (pictured). In the scathing email Annunziata blasted ‘unnecessary movements’ and said banning the display of the Confederate flag is a First Amendment violation
‘Why are the facts ignored about the killing in this country and how small, the minute numbers of Police officers that kill a black man in the line of duty?… What gives the protesters the right to cause damage and disobey public order?’ he began.
Annunziata then accused minorities of not taking ‘care of their own’ and for ‘playing the race card’.
‘Minorities (BLACK PEOPLE) talk of SOCIAL JUSTICE when they cannot take care of their own or anyone else with out playing the race card, why?’ he wrote.
The cop said though he wants ‘to see equality’, he believes that ‘to say BLM and not all lives matter is racist’ and that people should kneel after and not during the national anthem.
He blasted ‘the destruction of this countries history in the SOUTH AND OTHER STATES’ and said banning the display of the Confederate flag – widely associated with racism and hate crimes – is a First Amendment violation.
Annunziata also made several inflammatory claims about the Black Lives Matter movement for which there are no evidence.
‘BLM is know to have attached itself with ANTIFA WHY? why is the Dem party with the likes of backers like George Soros & the Clinton foundation who are funding BLM & Antifa why?’ he wrote.
Annunziata also leveled his anger toward the media, saying journalists should be reporting on cops injured in the line of duty and on the ‘vandalism of National monuments’ not ‘unnecessary movements’.
Police Chief Dan Spizarny, also speaking at the conference (above), said he was ‘sickened’ by the veteran cop’s email. Annunziata accused minorities of not taking ‘care of their own’ and for ‘playing the race card’
‘You as reporters have a responsibility to report the whole story not the part you want to report for your own satisfaction and that of unnecessary movements,’ he wrote.
He mentioned the death of Erie officer Richard Burchick in 1991 who he says ‘was murdered by a black man’ but did not spark protests in the city.
Annunziata ended his highly emotional email insisting most cops try to avoid confrontation.
‘[We] look for a peaceful resolution, but when we are confronted with dissension, weapons of all kinds and argument we have a job to do and hopefully with peaceful result,’ he wrote.
Annunziata, who according to city records earned an annual base pay of $103,631, signed off the email ‘citizen, taxpayer and police officer’.
The scathing email was sent hours after the mayor announced that another Erie cop was suspended for three days and ordered to take sensitivity training after they kicked a peaceful protester.
Police officers across the country have come under fire in recent weeks after some have been caught on camera violently attacking protesters demanding an end to police brutality and systemic racism in the wake of Floyd’s death.
Calls are mounting for widespread police reforms and, in some cases, the altogether defunding of local forces.