Watchdog group reveals more offensive social media posts from suburban cops

Jim Melwert
August 07, 2019 - 6:03 pm
Philadelphia Police Department

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — After a review of social media accounts landed dozens of Philadelphia police officers in hot water, a new effort has taken a closer look at cops' social media posts in the suburbs.

Of some of the images and posts found by watchdog group The Plain View Project, which was shared exclusively with PhillyVoice, one Pennsylvania State Police trooper is pictured in blackface in his Facebook profile picture. Another cop, an Upper Moreland sergeant, shared a post that says, “Islamic immigration has destroyed every country in Europe and it will destroy both Canada and the US.” 

Two Abington police officers were mentioned as well — one who posted a photo of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee while debating the removal of statues, and another who wrote, "grant me the serenity to kick some m*****f****** ass today and karate chop the s*** out of anyone slowing down my train of awesomeness."

Abington Police Chief Patrick Malloy said the first officer is from Louisiana and now realizes how his post could be upsetting. The other takes part in CrossFit competitions.

“I can tell you, they're good men, good officers and just used poor judgment here,” said Malloy.

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Malloy said he tells his officers that even when they’re not on duty, they’re still representing the department on social media.

“We know we have to do a better job and we have some blind spots, and I’m proud to say as an organization we have learned from this experience,” he added.