Leroy Thorpe - The Public Record

Leroy Thorpe called Barack Obama a "European-American-accepted house Negro" and Mayor Adrian Fenty a "mulatto".

From a letter to the editor in the Washington City Paper, August 18, 2006


When an African-American Washington City Paper reporter contacted Leroy Thorpe for an article, he said, "I've seen a lot of Uncle Toms and house niggers, so, no, I wouldn't be interested in giving you an interview even after the election. You're working for the enemy," then hung up.

From the Washington city Paper, October 27, 2006.


"Assistant Chief Newsham is too busy chasing black booty...He's a selfish cockhound."

Leroy Thorpe, in a press release from his COPE - Citizens Organized Patrol Efforts organization, dated September 4, 2004.


Thorpe called Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans "a pale-skinned, blond-haired cracker" during a 1998 rally outside police headquarters.

Washington City Paper, March 16, 2001


"It is a great day for America," Leroy Thorpe said a day after the 9/11 attacks. "It is the case of the chickens coming home to roost."

Excerpts from "The Hill", September 12, 2001


Leroy Thorpe has bullied the leadership of the Third Baptist Church into barring dissenting voices from the meetings of the East Central Civic Association (ECCA), of which he is President, and which meets at the Third Baptist Church. He even had the church bar Kevin Chapple, our incumbent ANC Commissioner.


"In 1999, [Thorpe] testified before the D.C. Council. In the process, he referred to openly gay At-Large Councilmember David Catania as a "faggot."

From the Washington city Paper, September 7, 2007.


In February 2001, the DC Council Committee on Public Services conducted its regular oversight hearings of the ANC's. There were so many witnesses who showed up to complain about Leroy Thorpe that the Committee scheduled a special hearing just to hear their testimony.

Committee Chair David Catania described it as "the first time in the 25 year history of ANC's that such a meeting has been called." The meeting was led by Councilmember Catania and Councilmember Adrian Fenty, and took place on the evening of March 1, 2001.

Lt. Michael Smith, MPD, testified about intimidation of witnesses, obstruction of justice and destruction of property by Leroy Thorpe that he had witnessed firsthand. Also, Leroy "didn't want any homosexual officers, female officers, or white officers walking with his group," the Red Hats.

Read Lt. Michael Smith's testimony here.



In November 2001, a constituents wrote the following:

As for Mr. Leroy Thorpe, to whom I was first introduced during the 1990 Special Election for Ward 2 City Council, many of you should still remember

Leroy Thorpe was on a bull horn near an elementary school at a voting precinct in Shaw while class was in session shouting out over the bull horn "don't vote for Jim Zais because he's a faggot and Ward 2 doesn't need any more faggots living in Ward 2 or representing us."

Read the constituent's complete comments in TheMail at DCWatch.com here.



On April 3, 1999 GLAA President Craig Howell wrote the following to then Mayor Anthony Williams and ANC2C:

[April 5, 1999, To then District of Columbia Mayor Anthony Williams:]

... At the Council Judiciary Committee's hearings on March 29, Mr. Thorpe began his testimony by referring to 'a bunch of faggots' allegedly running loose on the streets of his neighborhood and causing problems every night.

[Mayor Anthony Williams demonstrates leadership with regard to Thorpe:]

I very much appreciate your telephone call to my predecessor as GLAA President, Mr. Rick Rosendall, to emphasize your abhorrence of Mr. Thorpe's slur. I also appreciate your public repudiation of Mr. Thorpe during your testimony to the Council's Committee on Human Services on April 1.


[April 3, 1999, To Mr. Lawrence Thomas, Chairman ANC 2-C:]

I am writing to express our outrage over the comments uttered by your ANC's representative, Leroy Thorpe, during a March 29 hearing before the Council Judiciary Committee. Mr. Thorpe declared his anger at the presence of what he called “faggots on the streets” in his neighborhood.

Mr. Thorpe's ugly slur is unacceptable for any elected public official in the District of Columbia. Similar slurs against members of racial, religious, ethnic, or other groups would not be tolerated for one moment. This is not the first time he has referred to gays as “faggots” or has used demeaning language to disparage others in a variety of contexts.

Because Mr. Thorpe was acting as your ANC's official representative when he made his latest outburst, we ask that you add consideration of his malicious conduct onto your agenda for your next meeting. We urge you to apologize to the gay and lesbian community, and indeed to the entire city, for his behavior while acting as your ANC's spokesperson. Furthermore, we ask you to forbid him to serve as your ANC’s spokesman in any capacity until he shows sign of genuine reform and self-control.

To ignore his contemptible hate speech would be to condone it. We urge you to act promptly and decisively to disavow it.


Seriously, is Thorpe the sort of person you would want representing you and your family?

 
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