White Police Officer Fired after telling Black and Hispanic men he was ‘trigger happy’
‘You know, I get paid a ton of money in overtime if I have to shoot somebody… so don’t do anything stupid,’ Stephen Barone told his suspects.
A White police officer in Connecticut had stopped a group of men, who were mostly black and Hispanic, on suspicion of trespassing when he issued a fairly threatening warning.
“If anybody wants to fight or run, I’m a little trigger-happy, guys,” he told the men, “I’m not gonna lie.”
He added: “You know, I get paid a ton of money in overtime if I have to shoot somebody so don’t do anything stupid.”
Rashawn Johnson, on of the suspects, said that he and his friends were drinking on the front porch outside a friend’s house when the officer arrived.
Barone told the men he had stopped them after receiving complaints about their presence in the area and his comments were only meant to mess with the men’s minds.