Philadelphia Expected to Fire Cops After Database Reveals Offensive Posts

As many as 13 could be fired after database catalogs offensive Facebook posts
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2019 2:00 PM CDT
Philadelphia Expected to Fire Cops Over Facebook Posts
A police car drives with its lights flashing in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Some fallout from the database published online in June that catalogs thousands of racist or otherwise offensive Facebook posts of current and former police officers: Sources tell the Philadelphia Inquirer the city's police department plans to start the process of firing officers whose posts were documented there. As many as 13 officers were expected to be suspended with intent to dismiss starting Friday, though the news has not been officially confirmed. Posts and comments from more than 300 active Philadelphia police officers were allegedly contained in the database, which led to public outcry, and the Philadelphia police commissioner said last month 72 officers had been taken off street duty while the department investigated and that, in addition to several being fired, dozens were expected to face internal consequences.

The Inquirer calls this "the most significant step" in the scandal so far; seven other police departments are involved. The Phoenix Police Department and Florida's Lake County Sheriff's Office have said they were investigating the matter, as have officials in York County, Pennsylvania. In Dallas, 25 officers are under investigation, and in St. Louis, 22 were barred from bringing their cases to the Circuit Attorney's Office. Denison, Texas, took action against four officers. In Twin Falls, Idaho, the police department says just nine posts from the city were included in the database, and six of them were from someone who is not a police officer. (The Border Patrol has a similar scandal going on.)

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