Cop Fired After Anonymous Source Releases Photo Of Old Halloween Costume

The University of Missouri fired a police officer after they were anonymously given a picture of him in blackface.

Columbia, MO – A University of Missouri (Mizzou) police officer was fired two-and-a-half hours after a photo of him wearing blackface in a Flavor Flav costume was anonymously given to the university.

Mizzou Police Officer Marcus Collins admitted that he was the man in the Flavor Flav costume, sporting a gigantic clock on a chain, just like the rapper, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune.

“Once we were able to verify it was Collins in the photo and Collins acknowledged that, shortly after a discussion with top university officials, he was terminated,” Mizzou Spokesman Christian Basi said.

The picture was taken before Collins became a police officer, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported.

The university received the pictures at 9 a.m. and terminated Officer Collins shortly thereafter.

But Stephen Graves, the director of undergraduate studies at the Mizzou’s Black Studies Department, told the Columbia Daily Tribune that he felt the school had moved too quickly and said that the picture needed context.

“Any time you have gotten a photo by 9 a.m. and by 11:30 that person is fired, it had to have been a hell of a conversation,” Graves said. “I think you do society a disservice when you don’t allow for conversation and the police officer involved to explain himself.”

“That person needs to step in front of a camera and explain the behavior, the who, what, where, why and when,” he insisted. “You are always going to go back and find something that someone did wrong. How good or bad it is for our society, I am not 100 percent sure. It is going to be hard to find perfect angels to do this job.”

Mizzou Chancellor Alexander Cartwright released a statement condemning the photo, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported.

“Racism, hate and insensitive behavior have no place on our campus,” Cartwright said. “We are committed to our values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence, and to making our campus a place where everyone feels welcome and protected.”

Former Officer Collins was hired by university’s police department in January of 2018, Basi told the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Comments (69)
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Deny777
Deny777

That is just fucking ridiculous.

DSmom
DSmom

"Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone"

Rickster137
Rickster137

So just make sure you never dress up for Halloween as a rap star if you are white and you like that rapper, because now you are a racist. So I would recommend that all white people boycott all rap music because of this. Dude likes Flav and now he loses his job. Hope he Sue's this school and makes millions

spclopr8tr
spclopr8tr

This is incredibly stupid. The PC Police have gone over the top of the fence, and it is time to start repelling them.

61mouse
61mouse

Wow no one should be working because we ALL did stupid shit growning up

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

It's a Halloween Costume snowflakes! You need to learn the difference and stop trying to make everything a f*cking racial issue! YOU are the ones tearing the fabric of the US apart with all this sensitivity, diversity BULLSHIT!

CivilianMark
CivilianMark

Not hateful or racist just to dress as a popular public figure.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

OMG everyone! Settle the hell down already and stop being so fricking sensitive already! He's got a Halloween costume of a questionable rapper whose name is stupid at best. I'm not seeing a problem here!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

You racist, they racist, y'all's racist , dems racist, oh yeah you as well over there in the corner are racist too, Did something 15 years ago in Elementary School ?Well too bad that's racist. Put a scarlet "R" on her forehead. I think that covers just about everybody on this site. So watch your step ....as the newly appointed CCPR ( Commissioner on calling people racist) is now taking office , taking names, and taking care of business. To file a complaint dial 1 800- YOU- RCST. Leave a message and someone will get back to you.

Georgia
Georgia

BIG FUC*ING DEAL. No one really cares, the only people making a fuss about this are people who have no life but need to rack up the PC points. Everyone's done something stupid in the past, get over it. Did he do it while on the job. NO, I hope he sues and makes millions off those foolish @ss hats.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Who gives a shit what he was dressed as for halloween? Hypersensitive people need not be on this site. I tell you society now a days is all about walking on eggshells when it comes to comments on black people or black stories. And I say black because that is exactly what black lives matter call themselves, black! Why is it not a big deal when black people do the same? White people, Asian people, Hispanic, or even black people dress like other ethnicities also, and no one else makes a big deal. It’s Because this society is weak and bend over for the race card playing people which is really getting old. For decades they been using the race card and look where it got us. Not all do, but there are a lot that do. Rarely do I hear and Asian saying “hey, you arrested me because I was Asian. Or white, etc.” there was a video on here months back where the Asian guy in the restaurant got shot because he didn’t listen to the police. There was no follow up story of “family does the city or police department because he was asian” This is fucking ridiculous already. It’s 2019 get over it. I’m just saying.

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

A recent total load of crap. Why is it that nobody seems to have the guts to tell them to sit down and shut up!??! It’s not racist, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

SaltySarge450
SaltySarge450

He can take his academy certification to a real police department now. I don’t see how anybody can work on a college campus these days.

Gramercy
Gramercy

Agreed..the "racist" shout out is abused more than the races are! who cares what he dressed as in his youth, when "black face" was common by many..including Hollywood...AL Jolson anyone??? Ridiculous! But, also agree...get in with a "real" police force. Let the universities try and fend for themselves...as they are always whitewashing the power of the police on campus.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

I find it ironic that the "black studies" professor is the one saying hold up, now. I disagree that the offer would have to do some sort of broadcast confessional, but seriously, he was dressing up as a well-known personality. With that clock, there's very little confusion as to who he was supposed to be.

gfc1963
gfc1963

The only racists around are the blacks. Simple as that. This guy was dressed up as a black rapper - what was he supposed to do? Same as all these other muppets that gor upset at a white guy blacked up as Samual Jackson in Pulp Fiction! get a life.

RPG156
RPG156

Anyone that has ever been to a costume party and dressed up runs the risk of offending some person or some group. So, no more costume parties for anyone that might ever be some one unless they become a snowflake crybaby.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

Actor Ted Danson did a "black face" comedy skit while he was dating Whoopi Goldberg and she thought it was hilarious. Why all of a sudden has this become an issue? Is it because every other stupid thing that people claim offends them become stagnant so now they decide this offends them?

THE MAAG
THE MAAG

this is absofknlutely bullshit.. big deal.. the wyan brothers did a whole movie dressed as white girls.. big deal.. he needs to sue the school for being stupid

nenasmiller
nenasmiller

Wow if a black kid dressed as a white rapper would everyone get so damn excited?

NomonK
NomonK

How long are we Whites going to be put down, ridiculed and fired for things we did in long past days. Some Blacks are more RACIST than current day White Supremacist

magnumforc
magnumforc

I fear the animal activists will be on me because I dressed up as a rabbit when I was a kid. And worse, once I was a hobo and now the traveler community will be on my arse as well. Oh what will we do...maybe vote out the idiots who foster these beliefs!

Jetpilot
Jetpilot

Cultural Marxism is slowly destroying our country.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Sounds like a polically correct, knee jerk reaction. Typical. There should have been an investgation.

OldVet
OldVet

Complete over reaction. Was he being racist or just dressing as a character with no disrespect whatsoever? Many movies, TV shows, and other mediums have portrayed different races in this way. Officer should be reinstated with total back pay and benefits.

Smaugmik
Smaugmik

So WHAT? He's dressed as iconic rapper and TV star Flav-o-Flav! Grow up. He aint singing "mamy"!

Hawk3699
Hawk3699

It's all BS. The far left is ruining this country. It's a one way street out there anymore. And school officials are caving in way to soon to unsubstantiated claims of racism. I kinda liked the outfit and didn't see anything wrong with the photo. Let's hear his explanation before you just up and fire him. More than ever before" Cover Your Six"

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

If the Leftist Elite hold to their "morals" they will blackball Robert Downey Jr for his role in Tropic Thunder and they'll boycott Disney for employing and actor who whore blackface in one of his popular movies.

5150
5150

Anyone remember the movie White Chicks?

HonestC
HonestC

How is that "racism"?!! Do black women dressing like Kim Kardashian get called "racists"?!! Do white women dressing like Beyonce get called "racists"?!! Why can't a person dress as theirr favorite rapper during Halloween without it being considered racist?

America is swiftly sinking to another level of stupidity with this way of thinking.

RetiredDep
RetiredDep

Liberals will destroy America from within, our enemies just have to sit and wait it out !

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Good. No one that takes this kind of mockery lightly should be doing anything more than flipping my burger.

Lochemet
Lochemet

I would assume that a true racist wouldn't be caught dead with a black face - not even on Halloween.

Trefflek
Trefflek

Stupid, plain stupid. Someone bring in black face doesn't make them a racist. It’s a Halloween costume for crying out loud 🤦🏽‍♂️

I am mad
I am mad

My previous post thanks to the wonderful spellcheck as you are posting made absolutely no sense who gives a damn if you dress up as a black man or white man or freaking Indian so damn tired of people wearing their feelings on their sleeves But if you want to get away with this and not be fired from your job all you need to be is a governor or a senator or congressman and have a D or democrat in front of your name You can get away with anything

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

To those of you who are befuddled about what happened here, this is about the specific history of white Americans who have put on blackface in the past. It is not anything intrinsic to the act of putting paint on the face. Not knowing this history, or why it is offensive, makes one too stupid to qualify as an LEO.

Woobie46
Woobie46

CIVIL SUITS MATTER!

Yell2017
Yell2017

It was a Halloween costume. Come on people, this shirt is getting out of hand

jim001
jim001

I hope this officer sues. Halloween costumes is just that, a costume.

twj
twj

Flavor-Flav would probably be pleased with the man's costume of him. (he did pretty damn good!!) This was years ago, not yesterday - and even so - to go as a popular rap star -- Go for it!! Obviously, if you are white, and the rapper is black, you gotta do something about it. duh. no brainer. He had the clock and everything going on - there was no doubt who his costume was - so he did a good job!! What assholes the college has shown itself to be over firing this officer. My god, if we can't choose how to dress as a costume for a Halloween event without it blowing up in our faces a few years later, we may as well all freaking resign now. Cowboy up and show who you are - and why you did it. Vendetta much??

Donnabeau
Donnabeau

A Rapper costume....good grief people get a life. I’m offended that your offended.