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.
Imagine sitting in your own apartment, minding your own business, and a uniformed police officer enters your apartment, shoots and kills you, because they mistook YOUR apartment for theirs. Hard to even imagine something like this, but this is where we are in 2018.
On Thursday evening around 10 pm. a police officer with the Dallas PD walked into an apartment about a quarter-mile from the precinct she works at after she had just finished her shift. USA Today (@USAToday) reports, the officer then pulled out her firearm and shot and killed the man inside the apartment, who has been identified as 26-year old, Botham Shem Jean. Who was the legal resident of the apartment. Jean died at the hospital later on from his injuries.
Shown in photo: 26-year old Botham Shem Jean
Dallas PD has yet to release any more details about the shooting, including the officers’ identity, and how the f*ck did she not realize that she was in someone else’s apartment? Did you shop for the exact same furniture and decorate the exact same way? The Dallas PD said they were currently conducting an internal investigation. In the meantime, the officer is out on paid administrative leave.
A Colorado man was killed by a police officer who went to the home investigating a reported home invasion.
The New York Post (@nypost) reported, police officers arrived at the Aurora residence around 1:30 a.m. on Monday morning. Police reportedly received multiple calls of a home invasion in progress at the residence. One of the callers told dispatch that a man broke into her home. Police said they arrived to find a “very chaotic and violent” scene. Cops reported hearing gunshots inside the residence. Upon entering the residence, police encountered 73-year old Richard Black who was holding a firearm. The details of what happened next are sketchy, but in the end, Black lay dead on the floor from a police officer’s bullet.
Black was the legal owner of the home, and had just shot and killed the home invader when he was confronted by the police. Cops say that a child was also injured in the home invasion, apparently at the hands of the home invader. Police released a statement and expressed remorse over the situation, but did not acknowledge any wrongdoing on the cops’ part.
“This is a very heartbreaking and tragic situation for everyone involved. We are providing assistance through our victim advocates to help the family of the deceased resident through this very difficult time.” A police spokesperson said in a statement.
For the fourth day in a row, protesters in Philly set up shop right outside of ICE’s Philadelphia headquarters at 8th & Cherry streets. And for the fourth straight day, Philadelphia police officers were called in to break up the sit-in.
Action News Philly (@6abc) reports, the protesters camped out outside the ICE office and demanded an immediate end to the separation and jailing of migrant families at the US-Mexico border. According to reports, the police repeatedly asked protesters to move from in front of the entrance to the ICE building. After three warnings police moved in. Ripping up makeshift tents and making arrest as they pushed the protesters away from the building. 29 protesters were arrested earlier this week. No official numbers yet on how many went to jail today.
“We are protecting their right to protest as well as trying to keep the streets open and trying access to this building. There are multiple businesses in this building so we have to make sure these entrances are kept open.” Deputy Commissioner Of Special Operations, Dennis Wilson said. Protesters said they are calling for the abolition and defunding of ICE, and are expected to keep up the protest until they get just that