Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly remain silent pending internal investigation–
Once again the heat is on the city’s Police Department regarding its relationship with the community it covers.
That after it was reported that a Facebook group called “No More West Indian Day Detail,” which included about 1,200 members, showed comments that might have violated NYPD policy against making discourteous remarks on race.
According to press reports from the 150 commenters on the site, 60 percent matched names of city cops. The site has since been taken down.
“Let them kill each other,” one commenter wrote.
Another called the parade-goers “animals.”
The racist Web site comes after police handcuffed and unlawfully arrested Flatbush City Councilman Jumaane Williamson, along with Kirsten John Foy, Director of Community Relations for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, at this year’s parade which had nine-related shootings including two deaths.
An Internal Affairs Bureau investigation found sufficient evidence to discipline three officers involved in the illegal detainment of Williams and Foy.
It also came after Williams along with City Councilwoman Letitia James, State Senator Eric Adams and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries urged Mayor Bloomberg last month to appoint an independent commission to investigate corruption within the NYPD.
This request followed a number of recent well-publicized scandals involving New York City police officers including ticket-fixing, evidence-tampering and drug-planting; as well as overall policies such as unlawful surveillance activity and discriminatory stop-and-frisk tactics.
“Neither of them (Bloomberg or Kelly) are willing to admit there is a systemic problem with the culture of the NYPD,” said Williams. “They both have insisted that each case is a bad apple here or there; what we now have is a bumper crop of bad apples. We have a bushel of bad apples. What is the bar? What is the threshold for recognizing the problem?”
As of press time, Kelly has yet to issue a comment about the Facebook page, but his spokesperson, Paul J. Browne, has repeatedly told reporters that the Internal Affairs Bureau has undertaken an investigation of the matter.
Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser issued a statement echoing Browne.
“The Police Department is investigating and will handle the matter appropriately, as they always do. If the comments reported are accurate and from the officers, they are completely unacceptable,” the statement read.