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Ex-Officer Who Found Racist Letter Charged With False Report


In Connecticut, Clive Higgins, a former Bridgeport police officer, has been arrested.

Higgins had reported finding a letter disparaging Black police officers  inside his police department mailbox. Higgins is Black. He said the letter was written on police letterhead—he’s charged with planting the note himself.

In January of this year, Higgins was acquitted in the beating of a Hispanic suspect in which two other officers pleaded guilty.

In February, Higgins reported finding the disparaging letter. He said it made him fear for his life,  and showed there was discrimination inside the department.

A state police investigator wrote in an affidavit that Higgins admitted during an interview he had typed the letter himself.

Higgins was arrested on Wednesday. He resigned from the Bridgeport police force this summer.

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