PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — An organization that collects public Facebook posts containing racist views, bigotry and violence has found inappropriate entries from hundreds of people who claim to be Philadelphia police officers. The ACLU of Pennsylvania is outraged.
The Plain View Project is a collaboration of lawyers and investigative journalists. Its website has tens of thousands of posts from people identifying themselves as members of law enforcement in several cities, including Philadelphia.
“Someone will post a picture of someone arrested who clearly has suffered some injuries, and the post will say things like, ‘oh, he tripped and fell’ or ‘they should have shot him,'” said Mary Catherine Roper, Deputy Legal Director for the ACLU of Pennsylvania. “Our role and the role of everybody who cares about this in Philadelphia, which ought to be everybody, is to not let this pass. It’s to say to the police department, ‘tell us what you are going to do this,’ and keep asking until we see the police department taking broad action to address a culture that apparently supports this kind of expression of hatred.”
KYW Newsradio reached out to the Philadelphia Police Department for a response. We were told only that “the matter is currently under investigation.”