The Philadelphia Police Department placed 72 officers on desk duty as investigators look into offensive social media posts made by current and former officers, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross recently announced. The commissioner said that some officers may be fired from the force.
The social media posts were made public by the advocacy group The Plain View Project, which released thousands of Facebook posts and comments made by officers, including racist memes, Islamophobic posts, and messages that celebrated police violence. The posts included officers from police departments in several cities, including Phoenix, Dallas, and St. Louis.
“We are equally as disgusted by many of the posts that you saw and, in many cases, the rest of the nation saw,” Ross said at a news conference. On June 19, the police commissioner said that at least “several dozen” of the 72 officers would be disciplined, while others will be…
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