Authorities investigate racist letter to state police pick

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Authorities are investigating a racist letter delivered to the home of Gov. Tom Wolf’s nominee for state police commissioner.

State police say the handwritten, unsigned letter saying “No (racial epithet) lover will wear my uniform” arrived in Col. Marcus Brown’s Cumberland County mailbox Monday night.

It’s the latest development in the fight over Brown’s nomination.

Retired troopers have criticized the ex-Maryland state police superintendent for wearing a Pennsylvania state police uniform despite not attending the State Police Academy.

A state troopers union and top Republican senators have asked Wolf to withdraw Brown’s nomination after he was caught last week removing roadside signs critical of him.

Brown advocates police diversity and said after the shooting of an unarmed teen in Missouri that most civil disobedience is sparked by law enforcement tactics.

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