'Dozens' of Philly cops pulled from duty amid racist Facebook posts investigation

Kristen Johanson
June 13, 2019 - 3:21 pm
Philadelphia police officers

Rachel Kurland/KYW Newsradio, file


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Sources have confirmed to KYW Newsradio that dozens of Philadelphia police officers have been pulled from duty, as authorities continue to investigate racist and violent social media posts allegedly made by the officers in question on Facebook.

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It was previously reported that 10 officers were off the street. The current total is not exactly known. The dozens in question

City officials and an outside law firm — reported to be Ballard Spahr — are reviewing each post on a case-by-case basis to determine if the posts were made by those alleged officers and verify their identities.

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, Philadelphia’s police union, said in a statement: "The FOP will continue to represent members in this overly-broad social-media investigation. We've been informed that those officers under investigation will be interviewed within days of being notified and will be returned to duty shortly thereafter. The FOP and our members utilize social media on a regular basis to bring people together and support one another. It is sad that the investigators with the 'social justice' group chose to ignore all the good work done regularly by our officers. During this difficult climate in which police officers are constantly under attack, the FOP will continue to support you."

The police commissioner has said the entire department will again go through social media, anti-bias and anti-racist training.