Police Officer On Desk Duty For Wearing ‘Racist’ T-Shirt

A judge has dissolved a gun case ensuing prosecutors arresting an officer that created a T-shirt that an advocacy group claims is a racist symbol.

The Washington Post reports that the case dismissal is the first since 7th Police District members “Powershift” have garnered criticism for the shirts.

The shirt displays the grim Reaper toting a rifle. Above the image is the word “Powershift,” with a small cross, embedded within the letter “o.” White supremacist groups like the Ku Klux Klan have historically utilized the symbol.

NBC Washington reports that another shirt also shows a Skelton holding a rifle and a MPD shield with the D.C. flag as the background. Below that image there are words stating, “Let me see that waistband jo.”

The 7th District is comprised of most of Southeast D.C. east of the Anacostia River, which includes Anacostia and Barry Farm communities.

Police Chief Peter Newsham stated in a tweet regarding the shirt, “This is disgraceful and does not represent the hard working and committed officers of the Seventh District.”

The internal police investigation of the creation of the shirts has commenced. Prosecutors have unsuccessfully attempted to postpone the trial until the investigation is complete.

Charges may be refilled at a subsequent date.

 – Contributed by Amaya Starkey

WHUR Contributor

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