A West Virginia police lieutenant is on paid administrative leave after racially insensitive video recordings surfaced last week, reports the West Virginia Gazette.
Charleston Police Lieutenant Shawn Williams was suspended last week pending an internal investigation into video recordings taken from his computer, obtained by police.
Sources says the recordings show Williams’ young daughter dressed in what appear to be articles of a police uniform and dancing to an anthem of the Ku Klux Klan.
The refrain of the song repeats the words, “Stand up and be counted, show the world that you’re a man. Stand up and be counted, go with the Ku Klux Klan.”
On the videos, a man alleged to be Williams can be heard asking the girl questions. Derogatory racial language can be heard, sources said. Sources said there were several similar videos on the computer.
Williams said Monday he could not comment on the allegations.
“My wife and I are in the middle of a difficult and painful divorce,” he said. “Neither of us can or should disclose or comment on deeply personal matters involving our children, who are my first concern. These matters involve a sealed court proceeding.”
Police State Daily attempts to contact the Charleston Police Department for comment were unsuccessful. Police Chief Brent Webster refused to comment on the investigation, saying it involves “personnel issues.”