A North Carolina sheriff resigned after he was caught on tape saying he was going to fire his Black officers: 'It's just time to clean them out'

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Former sheriff Jody Greene resigned from his position after leaked a tape of him threatening to fire black officers, according to WITN.
The conversation was recorded in 2019 by the former acting sheriff, who ran against Greene in 2022.
Greene denied any racial intent in his actions.
A sheriff in Columbus County, North Carolina, resigned after being caught on video threatening to fire his black officers.
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"I'm sick. I'm sick of these black bastards," former sheriff Jody Greene said in a recording obtained by NBC affiliate WECT. "I'll clean the house and be done with it. And we'll start from there.”
According to local news outlet WITN, Greene resigned following an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation.
The audio obtained by WECT was a recorded conversation that took place in February 2019 between then-captain Jason Soles and Melvin Campbell, both black.
According to WECT, Soles ran against Greene in the Columbus County sheriff's election earlier this year prior to his resignation.
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According to the outlet, the election results were protested after claims Greene didn't live in Columbus County and that he was sworn in before the state confirmed the election results.
While election officials were investigating those complaints, Soles was named acting sheriff, according to WECT.
Immediately after his appointment, Soles received constant late-night calls from Greene, according to WECT.
Soles told the outlet he began recording the conversations after a phone call between him and Greene, where he made a comment that he hates black Democrats.
According to WECT, Greene wanted to know who in the department was communicating with their opponents during the election.
"Tomorrow will be a new damn day. I'm still the motherf**king sheriff and I'm gonna go up and fire every god [unintelligible]. Fuck those black bastards. You think I'm scared? You're stupid," Greene said in the audio obtained from WECT. "I don't know what else to do. So it's just time to clean them up. There's a snitch in there somewhere telling us what to do. And I won't have it. I won't have it."
According to the recording obtained by WECT, Greene threatened to fire anyone associated with his political opponents.
"We're going to cut the snake's head off. Point. And Melvin Campbell is as big a snake as Lewis Hatcher ever dared. Every black guy I know you gotta fire him first, he's a snake," Greene said.
Soles, who ran for sheriff against Greene before resigning, told the news agency that he showed the recording to the county commissioners during Greene's tenure.
Columbus County Commissioner Buddy Byrd, the sole prosecutor of Soles, told WECT that nothing could be done without the support of his colleagues, who he said supported Greene.
Soles also met with an agent from the State Bureau of Investigation, who told him nothing could be done until the district attorney or attorney general opened a formal investigation and was only recording the conversations, according to WECT.
Columbus County Prosecutor Jon David told WECT that he first learned of the recording Monday and that while Greene's comments did not constitute a criminal violation, they raised concerns about police bias.
Greene said in a statement that Soles changed phone recording to further his campaign.
"The video was altered to give audiences a distorted and misleading view of Jason Soles solely intended to further his campaign," Greene said in the statement. “As can be seen on the screen, the phone call lasted over 8 minutes. Jason only submitted 6 minutes of video to WECT for viewing, indicating the video has been altered.”
"It is my belief that Jason's intent in being admitted was to further fuel segregation and to use segregation to further his personal agenda of running for political office," Greene said in the statement.
Greene denied any racist intention or actions related to the recorded phone call, according to his statement.
"I recognize that there was racial tension during the 2018 election confirmation and that the media and some members of the community characterized the two political sides as black and white," Greene said.
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