72 Philly police officers placed on leave during racist Facebook posts investigation

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross confirmed 72 police officers have been placed on desk duty as officials continue to investigate racist Facebook posts allegedly made by those officers in question.

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Ross said he is “equally disgusted” by the racist posts, and he plans to implement additional training measures from outside experts, like the Anti-Defamation League, who will come in this fall to go through additional anti-bias and anti-racist training. 

Because of the acts of a few, Ross noted this has deeply impacted and tarnished their relationship with the community, but he said they will work tirelessly to improve it. 

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 posts were first brought to light by watchdog research group The Plain View Project. It compiled the comments in a database, which includes thousands of posts from police officers, active and retired, in eight cities. About 320 Philly officers posted problematic content, according to authorities.

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This is a developing story. Stay with KYW Newsradio for updates.

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