NYC Cops Investigated For Offensive West Indian Parade Comments
1 year ago
'No More West Indian Day Detail' Facebook page may be linked to cops
Following reports from the New York Times about a Facebook page purportedly set up by New York cop with nasty messages about West Indian Day paraders, the New York Police Department is having its Internal Affairs Bureau investigate. The Facebook page, labeled "No More West Indian Day Detail," had offensive comments about Jamaican, Dominican and other Carribean paraders from people identifying as New York cops.
Some of the comments allegedly from cops called the paraders "animals" and "savages."
One comment said, "I say have the parade one more year, and when they all gather drop a bomb and wipe them all out," from someone named Dan Rodney. The New York Times contacted a New York City cop named Dan Rodney and asked him if he made that comment, but the guy denied it, though he acknowledged that he had a Facebook page.
New York city councilman Jumaane D. Williams, who was arrested at the September 5 parades said "There's a problem that needs to be fixed."
Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz called the Facebook fiasco "racist."
Meanwhile, police commissioner Raymond W. Kelly has yet to make any public comments about the issue other than the statement from his spokesman about internal affairs. A spokesman for Mayor Bloomberg released a statement saying "the police department is investigating and will handle the matter appropriately, as they always do. If the comments reported are accurate and from the officers, they are completely unacceptable."