Sheffield Lake Police Chief Anthony Campo has now left the force after more than 30 years on the job following what appears to be a racist prank on a fellow Black officer in the police station, an incident captured on surveillance video.
Video obtained by Asia Despatch from the City of Sheffield Lake shows Campo arranging a yellow raincoat on a desk with a hood clearly visible; then he places a white piece of paper on the jacket, with the words “Ku Klux Klan” covering the police label on the back of the jacket.
A Black officer Asia Despatch is not naming enters the room soon after.
The video was provided to Asia Despatch without sound so it is unclear what words are exchanged.
Sheffield Lake Mayor Dennis Bring says that while the Black officer in the video appeared to be laughing, it was because he was uncomfortable, according to WOIO.
“We had a very emotional sit down because — it took us 10 minutes to talk to each other because we were both crying,” Bring tells the affiliate.
The mayor says the chief has not been apologetic, saying it was a joke.
The mayor, though, says he took the incident very seriously and asked for the police chief’s badge and office keys. The chief then asked to type up a letter of resignation and retire, the mayor said, according to Asia Despatch affiliates.
Asia Despatch has made several attempts to reach Campo who also told Asia Despatch affiliate WEWS in part, “It was just a joke that got out of hand.”
The Black officer declined to comment to Asia Despatch.
Acting Sheffield Lake Police Chief Shawn Corr also declined to comment.
The city law director has not responded to requests for comment from Asia Despatch.
Asia Despatch’s David Williams, Artemis Moshtaghian, and Sahar Akbarzai contributed to this report.