NYPD Employees Disciplined for Racist Online Rants
Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 08:37 AM
The NYPD disciplined 17 employees in connection to offensive remarks published on a Facebook page about revelers at last year's West Indian American Day Parade.
The commenters described parade-goers as "savages" and "filth" on the Facebook page "No More West Indian Day Detail."
Police spokesman Paul Browne told The New York Times that among the 17 employees were four police officers who still face departmental trials. He told the paper seven had been issued the lowest level of punishment, and six received discipline that can include docking vacation days.
Last year, as police investigated the posting, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said in a statement that it "is disturbing when anyone denigrates a community with hateful speech. It is unacceptable when police officers do it."
The annual parade is one of the city's largest outdoors events and is heavily policed. Festivities have been marred by violence in some years.
Tracie Hunte contributed reporting