A major decision was made by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross. 72 Philadelphia Police Officers have been pulled from their regular duties as an investigation takes place regarding inflammatory social media posts. The database found thousands of offensive postings by current and former officers.
“We are equally as disgusted by many of the posts hat you saw and in many cases the rest of the nation saw” said Commissioner Richard Ross. This stems from an advocacy group, The Plain View Project, revealing thousands of Facebook posts and comments from current and former officers, ranging from racist meems, to celebrating violence, and much other offensive material.
Ross said Wednesday that “several dozen” of the 72 officers now on desk duty will be disciplined and others will be fired, but no other specifics were given, including names.
“We’ve talked about from the outset ow disturbing, how disappointing and upsetting these posts are. They will undeniably impact police-community relationships.” said Commissioner Ross.
The 72 officers placed on desk duty represents the largest removal of Philadelphia police officers from the streets over a single investigation, according to Ross. Mayor Jim Kenney has called the Facebook postings “extremely disturbing.”
Read more about the case and how local defensive attorneys feel in the NPR reporting here.