7 Philly cops linked to racist Facebook investigation have resigned

Kristen Johanson
August 01, 2019 - 3:27 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Seven Philadelphia police officers linked to the racist Facebook investigation have resigned, just a few weeks after Philadelphia's police commissioner announced 13 cops would be fired.

A spokesman for the Philadelphia Police Department confirmed the names of officers, who officially resigned last month, but he could not comment further whether they are part of the 13 cops who were to be fired as a result of the investigation into racist social media posts.

The seven officers appear in The Plainview Project database, which launched the investigation, revealing offensive memes and comments posted by the cops. 

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The seven who resigned include Jesus Cruz, who left on July 18; Robert Bannan, Thomas Young and Anthony Acquaviva, who each left on July 19; Joseph Fox and Michael Melvin, who left on July 22; and Edward McCammit, who left on July 23.

Each of the now former officers posted offensive comments. Some posts call certain ethnicities animals; others say they want to kick Muslims out of the country; a few condone or praise violence against certain groups of people.

With help from an outside law firm, the city and the police department concluded at least 72 officers posted violent, obscene or racist comments on Facebook.

A spokesman for the police union said they cannot comment further. It is unclear whether the cops will be able to receive their pensions.

The Philadelphia Inquirer was the first to report this story.