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An Oklahoma City law enforcement officer, sworn to protect and serve, instead decided to openly display his antisemitism at work. Detective Sergeant Christopher James Click, known as CJ, kept a swastika statue, which he referred to as a “swazey,” on his desk at the Oklahoma City Police Department for several days. 

Eventually forced to remove it — without any public disciplinary action — Officer CJ later claimed it was from his side business, trading in historical military goods. However, Nazi memorabilia is not a historical military collectible. It is a symbol of oppression and hate, and the subjugation of millions of people who are Jewish. 

The Oklahoma City Police Department investigated Officer CJ — internally, not publicly — following anonymous complaints about the swastika statue, only to give him a slap on the wrist. “The employee did not receive discipline that resulted in termination, demotion, suspension, or loss of pay,” said Gary Knight, police Master Sergeant, in a statement. “The Oklahoma Open Records Act allows the personnel investigation and the discipline to remain confidential.”


OKCPD officers known for racism

This is not the first time the Oklahoma City Police Department, currently one of the most deadly in the nation, has been scrutinized for officer misconduct, specifically racism, sexism, and antisemitism. In May of last year, Oklahoma City Police Chief Wade Gourley specifically warned all officers about their social media posts, cautioning them against fanning the flames of divisiveness and hate during the 2020 election season, and reminding the officers of their position and role in the community.

However, the officers did not heed Chief Gourley’s warning, with some officers doubling down on their hate-filled rhetoric. Social media posts and public displays from former and current officers included a meme comparing democrats to Nazis, referring to a female officer as a “ho” during the holiday season for being a registered Democrat, and taping a photo of Hillary Clinton’s face over a picture of Kim Jung-Un. 

Several internal complaints within the Oklahoma City Police Department accuse officers of creating a hostile work environment, and one that encourages retaliation. 

Extremists and police departments

Sadly, the Oklahoma City Police Department is just one of a number of police departments nationwide that is at risk for being infiltrated by hate groups. Following the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, President Joe Biden directed his Justice Department to investigate extremism within law enforcement and the military, due to the threat of violence against innocent civilians. 

While Oklahoma Police Department Officer CJ did not physically harm anyone, he used his position of power to promote antisemitism. He glorified a hate group that killed over 6 million Jews. And he breached the trust citizens once had in law enforcement officers as fair and impartial. 

The Black Wall Street Times reached out to a public information officer and confirmed that the officer is still employed at OKC PD.

Erika Stone is a graduate student in the Master of Social Work program at the University of Oklahoma, and a graduate assistant at Schusterman Library. A Chess Memorial Scholar, she has a B.A. in Psychology...

2 replies on “OKC PD officer faces no public disciplinary action for Nazi statue”

  1. Swazy? cute affectionate name for anti-Semitism, which ALWAYS accompanies racism. Appropriate accessory to the fashionable “Six Million was not enough” and “Camp Auschwitz” shirts proudly worn by Oklahomans. The fact that this is sanctioned behavior by local government and police agencies until public complaints forced a quiet private request to remove the statue. This was sitting in plain office view for years with no unease by our public employees which is quite disturbing. I pray that once our Greenwood and Juneteenth celebrations fade from the current stage, we do not return to the usual accepted and rampant discrimination and racism Tulsa is internationally famous for.

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