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Video captured 3 North Carolina officers making ‘extremely racist’ rants

Three members of a North Carolina police department have been fired after a department audit of a video recording captured one of the officers saying a civil war was necessary to wipe Black people off the map and that he was ready.

A video recording captures 3 North Carolina police officers making inappropriate racist comments, with one officer discussing “slaughtering” African Americans.

One officer is also heard elaborating that society required a new civil war to wipe them off the map, referring to African American people.

The Wilmington Police Department discovered the video through a video audit as part of a monthly inspection.

According to the documents released by the police department the footage from the officer’s car has been classified as an accidental activation of the camera.

“When I first learned of these conversations, I was shocked, saddened and disgusted,” Police Chief Donny Williams said at a news conference on Wednesday. “There is no place for this behavior in our agency or our city and it will not be tolerated.”

The officers have officially admitted it was their voices in the video but denied that they were racist.

While the 3 North Carolina police officers have been fired, they could still be re-hired in the future.

This comes amid ongoing protests over the murder of unarmed African American George Floyd in the city of Minneapolis a month ago.

Protests have been held across the US in response to the killing of Floyd, who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis on May 25.

A video of the incident shows Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, kneeling on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes as the 46-year-old was in handcuffs. "Please, please, I cannot breathe," Floyd can be heard in the video as Chauvin continues to kneel on his neck.

His death has reignited long-felt anger over police killings of African Americans and unleashed a nationwide wave of civil unrest unlike any seen in the United States since Martin Luther King Jr's 1968 assassination.

It has also posed Donald Trump with one of the greatest challenges of his tumultuous presidency. Trump called on states to crack down on the protests and warned he could use military forces if states did not quell protests.

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