Racially charged graffiti discovered in police station bathroom

Pat Loeb
May 01, 2018 - 5:33 pm
Philadelphia Police Commisioner Richard Ross

Kristen Johanson | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Police Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating racially charged graffiti found in a locker room in the 17th Police District.

The incident in Point Breeze police station came to light during the department's budget hearings before City Council today. 

The graffiti was discovered in a bathroom stall, which is not accessible to civilians, about two weeks ago. It disparaged Black and Latino officers in vulgar terms.

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson raised the issue considering the station is in his district, and Commissioner Richard Ross promised the investigation would be thorough.

"You better believe we're going to try to find out who it was," Ross said. "We have no patience or tolerance for any of this in our ranks." 

He noted the person who vandalized the stall will be fired, assuming Internal Affairs can identify him or her.

The incident follows the much-criticized arrest of two African-American men in a Starbucks in Johnson's district. Ross acknowledged the case is a setback in trying to restore trust in police officers.

"The challenge then is making sure people don't make an assumption that everybody in that district doesn't share those despicable thoughts that were conveyed," Ross added.

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