PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Police Department on Thursday announced disciplinary actions against 72 officers who posted inappropriate content on Facebook which included hate speech toward certain minority groups.
Police Commissioner Richard Ross said 17 officers have been placed on 30-day suspension, and 13 of those officers are suspended with intent to dismiss.
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All 72 officers were removed from street duty during an investigation. However, there were more than 300 officers who had their Facebook posts reviewed.
The punishment varied based on the content in each post. Ross said some posts were not protected by the First Amendment and that those officers had no regard for their positions as police officers.
Ross also said the police department will provide anti-bias and anti-racist training to officers.
“The police department will contract an outside expert to conduct anti-bias and anti-racist for all sworn personnel. The training will commence this fall, likely in October,” he said.
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