The NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau is looking into some extremely ill-advised comments made on a public Facebook page, which appear to have been written by officers posting under their real names in September. Officers complaining about having to police Brooklyn's annual—and usually violence-plagued—West Indian American Day parade called parade-goers "animals" and "filth," and suggested the parade be "moved to the zoo," according to a copy of the now-deleted page obtained by the New York Times, which notes that the names of more than 60% of the commenters match those of serving police officers.
"It’s not racist if it’s true," wrote one commenter. "I say have the parade one more year and when they all gather drop a bomb and wipe them all out," wrote Dan Rodney. The NYPD officer of the same name denies making the comment and suggests someone else had used his phone. Some users urged officers to tone it down in case Internal Affairs "rats" viewed the page. The 70-page conversation on the "No More West Indian Day Detail" page first surfaced as evidence for the defense last month in the trial of a Brooklyn man accused of illegal gun possession. A lawyer for the man, who was acquitted, says he was "astounded" by how explicit the conversation was. During this year's parade, some officers managed to get into the spirit, including two who were filmed grinding against parade dancers. (Read more NYPD stories.)