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Complaint against former Clatskanie Police Chief details allegations

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Part of the complaint filed with the ODPSST. Part of the complaint filed with the ODPSST.

A complaint filed with the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training details the specific allegations of racist remarks and behavior against former Clatskanie Police Chief Marvin Hoover.

“When we dehumanize one group of people we not just dehumanize people, we devalue God and it goes against my belief system and I wasn’t going to have that – not at my workplace,” Clatskanie Police Officer Alex Stone told Fox 12.

Officer Stone is the man who filed the formal complaint, along with a fellow officer who also witnessed the alleged behavior.

According to the document, during a shift-change debriefing meeting at the police department on June 25th, Officer Stone recounted to former Chief Hoover a call he’d been on the previous night in which an African American woman was arrested and threatened to sue.

He recalled the woman as saying, “When you look at me, my black skin and nappy hair, all you see is an animal.”

According to the complaint, former Chief Hoover interrupted and said, “That’s what she is.”

He then danced around the room acting like a monkey, and went on to say, “That’s what they deserve.”

He also sang lyrics to Dixie Land in reference to cotton fields and got on one knee, acting as though he were holding someone by their shirt collar and punching them.

According to the complaint, the behavior was witnessed not only by Officer Stone, but a fellow officer and a sergeant.

A second officer provided the same account of events in the ODPSST complaint.

“Since it’s become public my family’s faced several challenges, multiple death threats, we’ve had our vehicles vandalized,” Officer Stone said, adding that his wife has been run off the road more than once since he came forward.  “There’s just some angry people and they feel like I’m the easiest target.”

Despite the retaliation, Officer Stone said he and his fellow officers are doing the right thing by holding the former chief accountable.  He hopes the people of Clatskanie realize:

“The majority of cops are great guys and gals. …You have multiple officers saying this is inappropriate and there’s only one officer who did the inappropriate act,” he added.  “This bad apple, he’s one bad apple and that’s it.”

Fox 12 reached out to Marvin Hoover for comment but did not hear back.

An interim chief is expected to fill-in until the search for a permanent replacement can be finished.

“As a department we’re ready to move on,” Officer Stone said.  “We’re just looking for the leader to do that with.”

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