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Old 06-21-2019, 09:46 AM
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Protesters Want All Philadelphia Police Officers Connected To Alleged Racist Social Media Posts To Be Removed From Streets
By Natasha Brown
June 20, 2019 at 6:45 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia Police officials announced Wednesday that more than 70 officers are now off the street in connection to controversial Facebook posts. Members of the Rally for Justice coalition say more needs to be done and want all the officers connected to be taken off the street.

The Rally for Justice coalition held a protest on Thursday that began at City Hall, calling for more action to be taken in the scandal connected to a number of police officers.

The group is comprised of civic leaders NAACP members the black clergy and other activists.

They are not fully happy with the response to hundreds of officers who reportedly posted racist and violent public Facebook posts unearthed by the Plain View Project.

“We support Derrick Green’s resolution, calling for hearings on the racist police who posted on Facebook,” Solomon Jones said, “and said openly that they hate the people whose communities they patrol.”

The group wants city council to intervene on the heels of Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross’s announcement that 72 of the 328 officers involved have been placed on administrative duty.

The Rally for Justice coalition showed up in force at the City Council meeting Thursday afternoon.

They say they won’t be satisfied until all officers involved in this scandal are removed from the streets.

“We know there’s several members of council are planning to make statements around this issue, we need them to make a statement and speak up and do what they’re hired to do, their job is to represent the people,” Jones said.

“So today, we want our city leaders, who we just voted for to join with us to make certain that the police that do not want to police our community are removed,” Paula Peebles said.

Despite calls for mass firings within the police department, Fraternal Order of Police officials say their officials deserve due process as the investigation plays out.

“We feel that it’s excessive to take over 6,000 police officers off the street with the level of violence that’s occurring in the city,” FOP vice president John McGrody said. “We’re also backing the officers here on a daily basis with the interviews. We think the investigation is far too broad.”

The FOP concerned that the more officers that are taken off the streets, the more vulnerable the city becomes to the crime wave they say it’s already experiencing.

FOP members are also upset that action is already being taken before the investigation has concluded.
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Muslim Leaders Call For Sanctions Against Philadelphia Police Officers Accused Of Racist, Violent Facebook Posts
By CBS3 Staff
July 1, 2019 at 7:39 pm



PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Muslim leaders are calling for sanctions against Philadelphia Police officers for alleged racist comments and terroristic threats made on social media. The group gathered in Southwest Philadelphia Monday morning.

“The Majlis Ash Shura and concerned Philadelphians and Americans demand that all police officers involved in this hate speech on the internet are fired,” Iman Isa Mateen, of the Majlis Ash Shura of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, said.

Eyewitness News reached out to the police department for a response, but have not heard back.

Seventy-two police officers have been pulled off the street and placed on desk duty in response to the allegations as the investigation continues.
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Sources: Philadelphia Police Department To Announce Firings, Other Disciplinary Measures Over Officers’ Racist Social Media Posts
By CBS3 Staff
July 17, 2019 at 7:48 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia Police Department will announce terminations and other disciplinary measures of police officers over racist or offensive Facebook posts at the end of the week, sources confirm to CBS3. Seventy-two officers were placed on administrative leave on June 19.

It’s unclear how many officers will be terminated or face further discipline at this time.

Hundreds of Philadelphia police officers have been accused of these type of social media posts.

“We’ve talked about from the outset how disturbing, how disappointing and upsetting these posts are and how they will undeniably impact police-community relations and we’re not naïve to that fact and nor are we dismissive of it,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said on June 19.

Plain View Project, a watchdog group , discovered the controversial posts of police officers who work in Philadelphia and in other cities around the country.

The Fraternal Order of Police had no comment.
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13 Philadelphia Police Officers To Be Fired Over Racist, Offensive Facebook Posts, Commissioner Says
By CBS3 Staff
July 18, 2019 at 11:28 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Over a dozen Philadelphia police officers will be fired for their racist and offensive social media posts, officials announced on Thursday. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross says 13 officers, including a sergeant, will be suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss.


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Seventy-two officers were initially placed on administrative leave on June 19 after (((Plain View Project))), a watchdog group, discovered the controversial posts of police officers who work in Philadelphia and in other cities around the country.

Ross said the researchers identified 3,100 offensive or potentially offensive Facebook posts from 328 active-duty Philly officers. Some of the entries were from as early as 2010.

Four officers will receive 30-day suspensions, three faced no discipline, and the remaining officers who were placed on desk duty will get a reprimand to a five-day suspension.

The department hired a law firm to review each post to make sure it was constitutionally protected.

The department targeted officers’ posts that advocated violence and speech against members in a protected class like ethnicity, race, religion and sex.

Some of the posts showed officers wanting to ram people with Obama bumper stickers and others calling those in the Black Lives Matter movement “racist pieces of [expletive].” There were also anti-Islamic posts and others that referred to African Americans as thugs and encouraged police brutality.

“That is disheartening to know that in 2019 that we still have people with these views, that not only have these views but that would take to social media in a very public space to expound on such views in a way that is absolutely sickening,” Ross said.

Ross said the department is working “tirelessly to make this situation better.”

“I am very troubled and I understand the dismay that the public would have because we have it as well,” he said.

The police commissioner says the department tries to expose officers to different types of things but realizes he can’t “wipe out people’s thoughts and minds.”

“It is so sad that it plays itself out in so many ways across this country, a country that is supposed to be the greatest country in the world that we have such hatred that doesn’t seem to end,” he said.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim "Banana Nose" Kenney said during Thursday’s press conference that he is “confident” in Ross’ leadership.

“He has my confidence, they have my confidence and we will address this truly unfortunate situation in the best way we can, but he’s the commissioner and they’re the [deputies] and I’m very confident in all of their abilities,” Kenney said.

Kenney added that he doesn’t blame the department’s leadership over the officers’ offensive posts.

“I think people have hate in their heart, they have hate in their hearts, and I don’t they there’s anything they can do to get the hate out of their hearts other than fire them, discipline them and train them,” he said.

The Fraternal Order of Police said in a statement the union is “disappointed that our officers will be terminated without due-process.”

“We are currently meeting with each officer to prepare an appropriate response to protect our members’ rights under the contract,” FOP President John McNesby said. “FOP Lodge #5 and our members condemn racist and hateful speech in any form. The overwhelming majority of our members serve this city with integrity and professionalism.”

Philadelphians seem to support the swift judgement and believe the firings will weed out the few officers who have caused a black eye for the department.

“I hope the person I’m calling for help can make good decisions and in the back of their mind, they’re not judging me or treating me based on my race or the way I look,” one man said.

The commissioner says no more firings are expected. The investigation is still ongoing.
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13 Philadelphia Officers to Be Fired Over Racist, Violent Facebook Posts
72 officers were placed on administrative leave after their posts were made public. Nearly all will face some kind of disciplinary action
By Alicia Victoria Lozano
Published Jul 18, 2019 at 12:56 PM | Updated at 12:06 AM EDT on Jul 19, 2019

At least 13 Philadelphia police officers will be fired as a result of racist, homophobic and violent social media posts revealed last month by the Plain View Project, nigger Police Commissioner Richard Ross announced Thursday.

These officers were determined to be the worst offenders among 328 local cops identified in the project's national database. The police department will suspend them for 30 days with the intent to fire them, Ross said.

Among the most egregious social media posts shared by Philadelphia police officers was a meme that read "Death to Islam." Others referred to black people as "thugs" and shared homophobic memes that encouraged violence, Ross said.

An additional four officers, whose posts were less violent, will be suspended for 30 days and must undergo anti-bias training as punishment.

A third class of officers who violated the police department's social media policy but did not advocate hate or excessive force will be suspended for five days. They must also participate in ongoing sensitivity training punishment.

"I continue to be very disappointed and angered by these posts, many of which violate basic human decency," Ross said. "We need to move past this ridiculous hate that has consumed this country and has done so for centuries."

None of the officers disciplined were identified pending final paperwork. Several were still out on vacation when their firings were made public, Ross said. Those officers had previously been informed of disciplinary action.

John McNesby, president of the local Fraternal Order of Police, said the union was aware of the dismissals and "disappointed officers will be fired without due process."

The union is currently meeting with each officer to prepare an "appropriate response to protect our members' rights under the contract," McNesby said.

“FOP Lodge #5 and our members condemn racist and hateful speech in any form," he added. “The overwhelming majority of our members serve this city with integrity and professionalism.”

Thursday's announcement comes one month after 72 officers were placed on administrative leave shortly after the release of the Plain View Project database, made public June 1.

All but three will be disciplined in some way.

The 3,000 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.

A sergeant in Philadelphia commented that a young suspect should be "taken out back and put down like the rabid animal he is."

All the posts were public and some dated back to 2010. None of the 72 Philadelphia officers on leave denied the posts, Ross said.

"When this issue first came to light, many of the posts were deeply disturbing," Philadelphia Mayor Jim "Banana Nose" Kenney said. "We have a duty to represent ourselves and our city ... We will not allow this incident to break down the progress we have made and we pledge to do better" moving forward.

The Philadelphia Law Department, Philadelphia law firm Ballard Spahr and the Internal Affairs Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department worked in tandem over the past month to investigate the Facebook posts and determine whether any were protected by the First Amendment, Ross said.

The Internal Affairs investigation identified and prioritized officers who advocated violence or death against classes of protected people, such as religious and racial minorities.

In addition to that investigation, every member of the Philadelphia police department will be required to watch a brainwashing video outlining social media and off-duty policies in regards to race, ethnicity, code and conduct.

"It is so sad that ... a country that is supposed to be the greatest country in the world, that we have such hatred that doesn’t seem to end," Ross said.

The police department will also develop a mechanism to inspect officers' social media posts and identify potential problems, work with outside groups dealing with anti-bias and anti-racism training and consult with the (((Anti-Defamation League))) to punish any kwop with any semblance of White pride.
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