Girlfriend says former cop idolized ‘Django Unchained’ slave master
(Local 10.com) FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein said his agency has found 56 active cases involving the four former Fort Lauderdale police officers accused of engaging in racially charged exchanges, including a derogatory video. The recent revelations about the officers could lead to case dismissals.
The officers involved in the police’s internal investigation have been identified as Alex Alvarez, 22, James Wells, 29, Jason Holding, 31, and Christopher Sousa, 25. All of the officers were terminated on Friday, with the exception of Alvarez, who resigned in bad standing with the Police Department in January just before he was scheduled to meet with internal investigators about the case.
Alvarez’s ex-fiance, Priscilla Perez, initially brought the information forward last October, turning over a blatantly racist video titled “Savage Hunters” that Alvarez made, as well as dozens of racist text messages she saved from his phone. She told investigators that Alvarez referred to himself as a savage hunter “because [black people are] savages, that they don’t act like human beings, that they’re animals, that they shouldn’t be treated like people.”
Perez told investigators that Alvarez idolized Leonardo DiCaprio’s sadistic plantation owner character in the film “Django Unchained,” even calling himself by the character’s name, Master Candie, in part because he believed “black people should be slaves.”
In the film, Candie oversees slaves fighting to the death and in one scene has dogs eat a slave alive.
Alvarez included a still photo of the Candie character in the video he made glorifying the Ku Klux Klan, or the “hoods of death,” and depicting President Barack Obama, complete with photo-shopped gold teeth and chains, as the “n—-r who would change everything”” Then comes the words “not so fast,” followed by images of vicious dogs, a bloody floor and attacks on black people.
Alvarez sent the video to several police officers, including those fired for sending racist text messages. Those text messages include talk of hurting and killing black suspects, who are routinely referred to as the N word. One apparently sent from Holding speaks of a “wet dream” in which two “n—-rs” are given “the death penalty right there on the spot.”
Fort Lauderdale native Robert Davis said the revelation don’t surprise him.
“It’s been going on ever since I’ve been growing up here,” said Davis. “They are supposed to help us, but they are just jumping on us, killing us and doing all this crazy stuff.”
Adderley said all four officers were immediately removed from having contact with the public, and said they claimed the video was a joke.