Ten police officers in Philadelphia have been placed on desk duty after an investigation uncovered “racist, intolerant, and otherwise offensive” Facebook posts by the cops. Philadelphia Police Commissioner, Richard Ross said in a statement that the entire 6500- member police force would undergo anti-bias training. This, in response to the publication of The Plain View Project, a database professing to catalog activity from police in eight jurisdictions nationwide, including Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (@PhillyInquirer) reports, The Plain View Project published the database Saturday, saying it included offensive material from about 330 Philadelphia cops. Some of them were identified as high-ranking officers. In his statement, Police Commissioner Ross said the department had asked a law firm to help evaluate the Facebook posts and comments to help identify who may have made the post, and if those posts violated the departments’ social media policy.
“When a police officer’s expression of his or her opinions erodes the police department’s ability to do its job and maintain the public’s trust, the department is permitted to act. Those officers that we have identified that appear to have engaged in explicit bias against any protected class of individual or who advocated any form of violence, will be immediately removed from street duty during the course of these investigations.”
Police Sgt. Eric Gripp said that the 10 officers whose posts were considered among the most egregious had been placed on desk duty pending an Internal Affairs investigation. Some of the posts made by the cops included posts that celebrated acts of violence against Muslims, immigrants and black people. Some posts captured long, “hate-filled”, exchanges that appeared to involve multiple officers, according to the database. Some of the posts have allegedly been contributed to at least one police inspector, six police captains, and eight lieutenants.