– Eroding trust? –
Hoover was placed on paid administrative leave after the complaint and retired soon afterwards, receiving praise from the city for his services.
In a letter to the local paper last week, mayor Diane Pohl thanked Hoover “for a job well done.”
“Just take it easy on the elk, bear and fish that you will have more time to pursue,” she added.
Mat dos Santos, of the American Civil Liberties Union in Oregon, which helped Stone with his complaint, said the case highlighted growing distrust of the police.
“Right now, public trust in the police is very low based on all these incidents that have taken place across the country and this incident widens the chasm between police and the communities they serve,” he said.
“The public wants to believe that there are good officers out there, that not every officer is a bad apple and what this chief did further erodes public trust in the police.”
Stone said that while fellow police officers in Clatskanie, home to about 2,000 residents, and across the country have voiced support for his actions, he has faced a backlash from the community and city officials.
“Not one city official has contacted me or my family to see if we are OK,” he said.
Still, he said he did not regret filing the complaint.
“I want people to understand that the majority of police officers are not racist,” he said. “We really do care about everybody.
“This person (Hoover) does not reflect the majority of police officers.”
Neither Hoover nor city officials could be immediately reached for comment.