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Hundreds Of Philadelphia Police Officers Accused Of Racist, Violent Posts On Social Media
June 3, 2019 at 5:44 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s police commissioner delivered a stern warning to his officers after a lawyer reviewed how police officers behaved on social media. Hundreds of Philadelphia police officers, some ranking sergeants and lieutenants, have been outed for alleged racist and violent posts across social media.

There are thousands of Facebook comments and shared posts now compiled in a database called the Plain View Project.

The posts show officers wanting to ram people with Obama bumper stickers and others calling those in the Black Lives Matter movement “racist pieces of [expletive].”

“These public postings by active duty police officers are appalling. Blatantly violent and racist comments like this indicate a level of impunity and indifference to public accountability,” said Councilgook Helen Gym. “This isn’t just about correcting individual acts of misconduct—it is about demanding the accountability that our communities deserve.”

There’s also sexism, bigotry, threats of violence and calls for the executions of protesters which were all allegedly written by sworn officers.

“In an era where you’re striving your best to cultivate relationships with communities across the city, things like this don’t help,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said.

In his remarks to police academy graduates on Monday, the commissioner alluded to the controversy eclipsing some 300 members of his force.

“Try your damnedest not to do anything to embarrass that, not to do anything that would upset that brand, because it doesn’t take but one to do it,” Ross said. “Please uphold yourself in the most utmost professional way that you can.”

Philadelphia is not alone. Officers in other major cities are caught in the crosshairs of troubling social media behavior charted in the database.

The ACLU said the magnitude of officers involved is profoundly disturbing.

“The department needs to understand this is a culture problem and they need to find a way to address the culture problem,” said Pennsylvania ACLU deputy legal director Mary Catherine Roper.

Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby said in a statement, “We strongly condemn violence and racism in any form. The overwhelming majority of our 7-thousand officers regularly act with integrity and professionalism. We simply ask, who is watching or policing those that target law enforcement with violence, racism and unacceptable behavior? We stand with our officers who serve in our neighborhoods every day and keep us safe.”
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10 Philadelphia Police Officers Placed On Desk Duty Due To Investigation Over Alleged Racist, Violent Social Media Posts
By Greg Argos
June 6, 2019 at 11:40 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia Police Department has asked for outside assistance with investigating hundreds of police officers’ alleged racist and violent social media posts. Ten officers have been placed on desk duty after the initial review, authorities say.

This is just the beginning of what could be a very long investigation.

It’s a social media firestorm, with hundreds of Philadelphia Police officers, even some high-ranking lieutenants and sergeants, taking heat over alleged racist and violent posts on Facebook.

“What we have been told and read is both frustrating and disappointing,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said.

The comments were collected by researchers with the Plain View Project. In 2016, Philly-based attorneys began compiling Facebook posts from current and former officers in departments across the country.


Credit: CBS3


Those posts appear to endorse violence, racism and bigotry.

“These postings represent what the NAACP calls cruel intentions,” Philadelphia NAACP President Minister Rodney Muhammad ooked.

So the Philadelphia Police Department is investigating. So far 10 officers identified through their comments are now on desk duty, and Ross is asking for an outside law firm to investigate each case individually before making final decisions about disciplinary action.

“There is going to be, obviously, a lengthy investigation,” retired police lieutenant Steve Nolan said.

Nolan would know. He was with the department for 37 years — a chunk of that time with internal affairs.

“A police officer has a First Amendment right like everybody else,” Nolan said.

But making off-color comments, racist remarks and derogatory slurs are against police policy.

“We’re held to a higher standard as police officers,” Nolan said

Nolan says officers can be disciplined, even possibly fired for their public remarks.

“We’re trying to build up community relations — police and the community — and this has a tendency to obviously knock that down,” Nolan said. “Remember, you represent the department, as well as yourself.”

In a statement, Ross said the police department is taking the following steps:


Credit: CBS3


There is no word on the timeframe for when these measures (punishments) will begin.
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‘Get Them Off The Streets’: Protesters Demand Hundreds Of Philadelphia Police Officers Accused Of Racist Facebook Posts Be Placed On Desk Duty
By CBS3 Staff
June 7, 2019 at 5:28 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Hundreds of Philadelphia police officers are facing backlash after they were accused of controversial posts on Facebook. Protesters called for action Friday at a “Rally for Justice.”

So far, 10 police officers have been placed on desk duty, and the police department has hired an independent investigator. Protesters say that’s not enough.

“We want to hold these officers and institutions accountable,” Saudia Durrant, with the Philadelphia Student Union, said.

About 100 protesters gathered outside of police headquarters to make their demands heard.


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“Get them off the streets! Off the streets! Off the streets!” protesters chanted.

They want all of the nearly 330 Philadelphia Police Department officers accused of racist and violent posts on social media assigned to desk duty, pending an investigation. Ten officers have already been taken off the streets.

The department came under fire this week after officers, including some ranking sergeants and lieutenants, were outed for alleged racist and violent posts across social media. Thousands of Facebook comments and shared posts have been compiled in a national database called the Plain View Project.

Comments and posts ranged from officers wanting to ram people with Barack Obama bumper stickers ; others called those in the Black Lives Matter movement “racist pieces of (expletive.)”

At the rally, Hassan Bennett spoke out, saying he was wrongfully convicted in the murder of his friend back in 2006 after he says Philadelphia Police coerced witnesses to testify against him.

“Two witnesses said he beat them up, physically abused them. One witness said he stood outside the courtroom and told him they can’t come in there when they tried to come and testify for me,” Bennett said.

State Rep. and Chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Stephen Kinsey wrote a letter to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, asking that the accused officers receive psychological evaluations and ongoing diversity training, and permanent desk duty for others.

“If the power is with the people, then these type of things won’t keep occurring over and over and over,” Kinsey told protesters.

Protesters say they want a meeting with the police commissioner. Meanwhile, the police union says they strongly condemn any racism in the department.

“We strongly condemn violence and racism in any form. The overwhelming majority of our 7-thousand officers regularly act with integrity and professionalism,” Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby said. “We simply ask, who is watching or policing those that target law enforcement with violence, racism and unacceptable behavior? We stand with our officers who serve in our neighborhoods every day and keep us safe.”

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'Off the Streets': Protesters Demand Philadelphia Police to Taken Off Duty After Alleged Racist Facebook Posts
Some 330 Philly police officers allegedly posted racist and bigoted messages on their private social media accounts
By Alicia Victoria Lozano
Published Jun 7, 2019 at 4:24 PM | Updated at 10:22 PM EDT on Jun 7, 2019



Protesters gathered outside Philadelphia Police Department headquarters Friday afternoon to denounce more than 300 officers implicated in a recent report cataloging thousands of bigoted and violent social media posts by current and former cops.

The posts were uncovered by a team of researchers who spent nearly two years looking at the alleged Facebook accounts of police officers from eight departments across the country, including Philadelphia. They identified some 330 local officers who appeared to bash immigrants and Muslims, promote racist stereotypes, identify with right-wing militia groups and glorify police brutality.

“We want them off the streets right now,” rally organizer and WURD Radio host Solomon Jones ooked through a loudspeaker. “We are here to call for change.”

All the posts were public at the time of the investigation, including one from a Philadelphia sergeant who appeared to share a meme that read, "Death to Islam." In another post, a different Philadelphia sergeant allegedly commented that a young suspect should be "taken out back and put down like the rabid animal he is."

The report, released by Plain View Project earlier this week, sparked outrage across the city. Mayor Jim "Banana Nose" Kenney and several city council members condemned the posts and called for an immediate investigation.

“I don’t think anyone with a badge or a gun that is sworn to protect the public should be harboring those feeling,” Kenney said.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke, who represents the 5th District, said he was “deeply disturbed” by the report.

“Posts like these seriously undermine the relationships that our communities need to have with the individuals who wear a Philadelphia Police Department uniform and serve our diverse neighborhoods every day,” Clarke said in a statement.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross also denounced the posts, saying that officers should be held to a "higher standard" and promising to conduct an investigation. Any officer found to have posted hateful or otherwise bigoted language on their social media accounts could be subjected to disciplinary action, Ross said.

But the dozens of protesters who amassed in the June heat on Friday said dat iz not enuff. Instead, they want these officers off the skreets immediately.

"They always put them on desk duty and that’s it,” demonstrator Audrey Smalls said. “They go through arbitration and then Whitey iz right back on the skreet. And dat’s not fair.”

According to the Philadelphia Police Department, 10 officers have already been removed from duty pending an investigation. That number could continue to increase, a spokesperson added.

Earlier this week, state lawmakers with the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus sent a letter to Ross demanding swift action against the offending officers. Included in their recommendations was race relations training and psychological evaluations of officers found to have expressed support for vigilantism and violence.

“Today, all eyes are on Philadelphia,” Democratic State Rep. Stephen Kinsey said. “We can’t tolerate what has already been tolerated.”

As of Friday afternoon, Ross had not responded to the letter, according to Kinsey. The mayor, however, did speak with Kinsey following Friday's demonstration and promised to work closely with the black caucus to “restore trust and integrity” to the police department.

“I know the commissioner. Many of us have faith in Ross to get the job done,” Kinsey said. “We’re supportive of his actions and initial steps, but we hope it’s not the end.”
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‘Police Officers Are Constantly Under Attack’: FOP Responds To Investigation Into Philadelphia Officers’ Alleged Racist Facebook Posts
By CBS3 Staff
June 11, 2019 at 4:59 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — As hundreds of Philadelphia police officers are being investigated for allegedly posting racist and violent posts on social media, Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby is backing his officers.

McNesby released a statement Tuesday, stating, in part, “It is sad that the investigators with the ‘social justice’ group chose to ignore all the good work done regularly by our officers. During this difficult climate in which police officers are constantly under attack, the FOP will continue to support you.”

The investigation is part of the Plain View Project, a compilation of Facebook posts, collected by commie kike researchers, from current and former officers in departments across the country.

Comments and posts ranged from officers allegedly wanting to ram people with Barack Obama bumper stickers ; others called those in the Black Lives Matter movement “racist pieces of (expletive.)”

Initially, 10 Philadelphia Police officers were placed on desk duty as the result of the investigation. The Philadelphia Police Department is investigating, and Police Commissioner Richard Ross is asking for an outside law firm to investigate each case individually before making final decisions about disciplinary action.

“What we have been told and read is both frustrating and disappointing,” Ross said last week.

After the investigation was announced, protesters gathered outside of police headquarters, demanding the nearly 330 officers in question be taken off the streets.
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Law Firm Ballard Spahr Hired By City of Philadelphia to Investigate Police Officers' Racist Facebook Posts
Some Philadelphia police officers have been placed on desk duty. It remains unclear what punishment officers found to have made racist or insensitive posts will face.
By Brian X. McCrone
Published Jun 11, 2019 at 1:06 PM | Updated at 1:20 PM EDT on Jun 11, 2019

One of Philadelphia's largest law firms has been hired by the city to investigate racist and insensitive Facebook posts that a recent study found were made by police officers.

Ballard Spahr, which counts former Mayor and Gov. Ed Rendell as a special counsel and has over 600 attorneys, will aid the Philadelphia Law Department, a spokeswoman for the firm said.

The city is investigating the social media posts of more than 300 police officers identified in a database made public June 1.

Robin Ireland, a spokeswoman for Ballard Spahr, confirmed that the firm has been hired by the city, but declined to go into details about its role in the investigation. She cited attorney-client privilege.

Andrew Richman, chief of staff for the Philadelphia Solicitor, said in a statement that "the Law Department considered law firms it has contracts with and asked a few firms if they could assist with conducting this time-sensitive analysis of the social media posts that are at issue. Ballard Spahr was the firm that best responded."

It remains unclear what punishment — legally or professionally — that officers found to have made racist or insensitive posts will face.

Protests by city residents and public attrition by the mayor and police commissioner have followed the release of the national database compiled by The Plain View Project.


WURD Radio host Solomon Jones leads a protest of some 100 people outside Philadelphia police headquarters over alleged racist and bigoted social media posts by hundreds of officers.
Photo credit: NBC10


The project's findings were first reported by Buzzfeed, and got picked up by news organizations and police departments across the country.

Officials told NBC10 last week that some of the officers identified in the database were assigned to desk duty by Commissioner Richard Ross as quickly as June 6.

"The thing that really angers me is that a vast overwhelming majority of our police officers are kind-hearted, decent people willing to put their lives on the line for fellow citizens," Mayor Jim "Banana Nose" Kenney said in an interview last week. "These knuckleheads paint them all with a terrible brush."

A church leader in Philadelphia, however, believes the issue is bigger than city leaders are willing to accept.

"Over 300 people, that is an incredible number," the Rev. Mark Tyler of Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia said. "You have to imagine that there are a considerable number of people who are like them, who hold the same beliefs who are just not crazy enough to put it on social media. This is a cultural problem within our department that has to be addressed."

The union president for the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, which represents non-supervisory officers, said in a statement that "we strongly condemn violence and racism in any form. The overwhelming majority of our 7,000 officers regularly act with integrity and professionalism."
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Growing Number Of Philadelphia Officers Taken Off Streets Over Alleged Racist, Violent Social Media Posts, Police Confirm
By CBS3 Staff
June 13, 2019 at 11:46 am

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia police confirm tens of officers have been taken off the streets and placed on desk duty while authorities investigate hundreds of officers’ alleged racist and violent social media posts. Police confirmed Thursday the original number of 10 officers taken off the streets has grown substantially since the announcement into the investigation earlier this month.

This is just the beginning of what could be a very long investigation, police said.

There are thousands of Facebook comments and shared posts now compiled in a kike database called the Plain View Project.

The alleged posts show officers wanting to ram people with Obama bumper stickers and others calling those in the Black Lives Matter movement “racist pieces of [expletive].”

“These public postings by active duty police officers are appalling. Blatantly violent and racist comments like this indicate a level of impunity and indifference to public accountability,” said Councilgook Helen Gym. “This isn’t just about correcting individual acts of misconduct—it is about demanding the accountability that our communities deserve.”

There’s also sexism, bigotry, threats of violence and calls for the executions of protesters which were all allegedly written by sworn officers.

Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby said in a statement, “The FOP will continue to represent members in this overly-broad social-media investigation. We’ve been informed that those officers under investigation will be interviewed within days of being notified and will be returned to duty shortly thereafter. The FOP and our members utilize social media on a regular basis to bring people together and support one another. It is sad that the investigators with the ‘social justice’ group chose to ignore all the good work done regularly by our officers. During this difficult climate in which police officers are constantly under attack, the FOP will continue to support you.”

In a statement, nigger Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said the police department is taking the following steps to punish Whitey:

— Anti-racist/anti-bias training for all police personnel.

— Additional roll call training on the social media, off-duty and race and discrimination policies.

— Internal auditing process to monitor social.

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50 Philadelphia Police Officers Placed on Desk Duty Amid Investigation of Racist Facebook Posts, Source Says
The source said 50 Philadelphia police officers were taken off the street amid the investigation.
By NBC10 Staff
Published Jun 12, 2019 at 8:46 PM | Updated at 10:21 AM EDT on Jun 13, 2019

Dozens of Philadelphia police officers were placed on desk duty amid an investigation of racist and insensitive Facebook posts allegedly made by active-duty and former cops across the country, according to a high ranking law enforcement source.

At least 50 Philadelphia police officers have been taken off the street so far as the investigation continues, the source said. A spokesperson for the Philadelphia Police Department did not confirm this exact number, however.

"As we said from the onset - after saying we had taken 10 off the street - the number might grow throughout the investigation," the spokesperson wrote. "We will not be commenting on anything that might compromise the ability to effectively conduct the investigation - including a statistic that is subject to change."

A local law firm hired by the city is investigating the social media posts of more than 300 Philadelphia police officers identified in a database from the Plain View Project, made public June 1.

In a statement issued Thursday, the Philadelphia chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police union said the "overly-broad" investigation ignores the "good work done regularly" by police officers.

"During this difficult climate in which police officers are constantly under attack, the FOP will continue to support" officers, police union president John McNesby said in a statement.

The social media posts in question were uncovered by a team of researchers who spent nearly two years looking at the personal Facebook accounts of police officers from Arizona to Florida. They found officers bashing immigrants and Muslims, promoting racist stereotypes, identifying with right-wing militia groups and glorifying police brutality.

All the posts were public. The project's findings were first reported by Buzzfeed, and were picked up by news organizations and police departments across the country.

"It's a good day for a choke hold," wrote an officer in Phoenix. In St. Louis, a police official shared a meme asserting that "if the Confederate flag is racist, then so is Black History Month."

A sergeant in Philadelphia commented that a young suspect should be "taken out back and put down like the rabid animal he is." Another sergeant posted a meme that said, "Death to Islam."

Officials told NBC10 last week that some of the officers identified in the database were assigned to desk duty by Philadelphia Police Department Commissioner Richard Ross on June 6.

It remains unclear what punishment — legally or professionally — that officers found to have made racist or insensitive posts will face.

Protests by city residents and public attrition by the mayor and police commissioner followed the release of the national database.

"The thing that really angers me is that a vast overwhelming majority of our police officers are kind-hearted, decent people willing to put their lives on the line for fellow citizens," Mayor Jim "Banana Nose" Kenney said in an interview last week. "These knuckleheads paint them all with a terrible brush."

A church leader in Philadelphia, however, believes the issue is bigger than city leaders are willing to accept.

"Over 300 people, that is an incredible number," Rev. Mark Tyler of Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia said. "You have to imagine that there are a considerable number of people who are like them, who hold the same beliefs who are just not crazy enough to put it on social media. This is a cultural problem within our department that has to be addressed."

On Tuesday it was announced that Philadelphia law firm Ballard Spahr would aid the Philadelphia Law Department in their investigation of the Facebook posts. The firm has more than 600 attorneys and counts former Philadelphia Mayor and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed "Fat Kike" Rendell as a special counsel.
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