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13 Philadelphia officers to be fired over racist, offensive Facebook posts

MSN

Thirteen Philadelphia police officers are to be fired for making racist or offensive Facebook posts.

The 13 are among 72 officers in the city who had been placed on administrative duty after an online database called the Plain View Project shared more than 5,000 Facebook posts and comments on June 1 by current and former law enforcement officers in Philadelphia and seven other jurisdictions around the country. 

Some of the posts were homophobic. Others advocated violence or were deemed racist.

In one post from 2014, a Philadelphia officer wrote that a suspect “should be taken out back and put down like the rabid animal he is,” according to the Plain View database. Another officer shared a photo in November 2015 that said Islam was a “cult” that glorified “death.”

In a recent post from February, an officer with the city’s police department commented on a news article about an alleged murderer, writing, “hang him.”

Plain View Project said the Facebook posts and comments “could undermine public trust and confidence in our police.”

The Philadelphia Police Department conducted an internal investigation with a law firm to determine if some of the posts by its officers were constitutionally protected speech.

The department announced disciplinary actions Thursday that depended on how egregious the Facebook posts by those individual officers were.

Some of the 72 officers who had been placed on administrative duty will be suspended for five days, police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said at a news conference Thursday.

Seventeen others will face more severe disciplinary action, including the 13 who will be suspended with the intent to dismiss, according to Ross. The remaining four will receive a 30-day suspension, he said.

“I continue to be very angered and disappointed by these posts,” Ross said. The 13 officers to be fired made posts that “advocated violence.”

The highest ranking official to be fired is a sergeant, Ross told reporters. He declined to identify any of the 13 by name.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said many of the posts were “deeply disturbing.”

“We have a duty to represent ourselves and our city,” he said at the news conference. “We will not allow this incident to break down the progress we have made and we pledge to do better.”

Ross said every member of the police department will have to watch a training video about social media and policies on off-duty behavior.

The Plain View Project scoured 3,500 public accounts from officers in Dallas, Texas; St. Louis, Missouri; Phoenix, Arizona; York, Pennsylvania; Twin Falls, Idaho; Denison, Texas; and Lake County, Florida.

In June, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner added 22 names to her “exclusion list” of officers banned from bringing cases to her office after the Facebook posts were made public. In a letter sent to Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards and St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden, Gardner said seven of those 22 were “permanently banned.”

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2 Responses to 13 Philadelphia officers to be fired over racist, offensive Facebook posts

  1. Mark Schumacher in LV says:

    PENSIONS? YEAH, THATS WHAT I THOUGHT…THEY CAN STILL TRANSFER ELSEWHERE, LIKE VEGAS..

    Smoke and mirrors

  2. KOYOTE says:

    “In one post from 2014, a Philadelphia officer wrote that a suspect “should be taken out back and put down like the rabid animal he is,” according to the Plain View database. Another officer shared a photo in November 2015 that said Islam was a “cult” that glorified “death.””
    SOMEONE TRIED TO TEACH ME THIS BULLSHIT AROUND 9/11…… I RESERVED MY OPINIONS AND WAITED FOR TRUTH FROM HEAVEN. IF A MAN TAKE LITERAL THE SAYINGS OF THE KORAN AND HADITHS WITHOUT REALIZING THE TIME HE LIVES IN, AS OPPOSED TO THE TIME IT WAS WRITTEN, THEN HE TAKES THEM OUT OF CONTEXT.
    THE SAME AS READING THE BIBLE.
    “RELIGION” DOES DESTROY S O M E PEOPLE. THE “JUDEO KRISCHUN” MINDSET IS AN EXAMPLE.
    THE ARAB MUSLIMS THAT I HAVE KNOWN WERE HONORABLE MEN. NOT DOGS, AND NOT CATTLE.
    I AM AFRAID HOWEVER THAT GROUPS LIKE “CAIR” ARE RUN BY JEWS, NOT MUSLIMS. AND THE HATE SITE;
    BARENAKEDISLAM.COM IS RUN BY THE WORST OF THE NEW YORK JEWS.
    ISLAM DOES NOT HATE THE LORD JESUS. JUDAISM DOES. VEHEMENTLY.
    THE ONLY REASON WE ARE GETTING “THE POPES LITTLE BROWN ARMY” AS AN INVASION FORCE, AND NOT AN ARMY OF ARABS INSTEAD, IS SIMPLY A MATTER OF ECONOMICS AND CONTROL. THE JEWS CAN CONTROL DUMBASS 3RD WORLD CATHOLICS EASIER THAN MUSLIMS. AND IT COSTS LESS TO COERCE THE BEANERS INTO THE US, THAN IT DOES TO FLY IN ARABS. TO GO ALONG WITH THE FACT THAT THE JEWS ARE TERRIFIED OF THESE PEOPLE.

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