Racist cop suspended after he’s outed as a bigoted wolf in NYPD clothing

Racist cop suspended after he’s outed as a bigoted wolf in NYPD clothing

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The NYPD has confirmed that an official in charge of fighting harassment is currently under investigation and on a 30-day suspension without pay for making dozens of racist statements online.

City Council members have been on to Deputy Inspector James Francis Kobel for about a year. Kobel created a profile under a fake name and posted numerous racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic rants on a public law enforcement message board called “Law Enforcement Rant.”

According to a report from the New York City Council Oversight and Investigations Division, they knew that he posted under the moniker, “Clouseau” (a fictional character from The Pink Panther movies) from July 2019 until September 2020. They also were aware that after a seemingly stellar career in law enforcement, ranging over three decades, he had been appointed commanding officer of the police department’s Office of Equal Employment and Opportunity.

You definitely read that right. The person who was responsible for investigating employment and harassment claims that were rooted in issues regarding race, xenophobia, sexism, and faith-bias was mocking Blacks, Jews, and gays with other New York cops in a public forum.

So what did he say?

He singled out Black politicians, referring to them in derogatory terms

Two high-profile elected officials he targeted were President Barack Obama and Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark.

As the 45th president, Barack Obama was the first Black man to hold that office.

A photograph of Barack Obama speaking

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Darcel Clark is the first woman to be elected as the Bronx District Attorney, and the first woman of color to serve in this office in the history of the State of New York.

Bronx District Attorney Website

He disrespected fellow officers

While describing two cops, who happened to be women of color, he used racial and gender-based slurs. He also posted anti-Semitic comments.

Kobel pushed forward vulgar stereotypes about Brooklyn’s Hasidic Jewish community and how they were struck so hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘I CAN’T BREATHE’

He mocked the 2014 death of Eric Garner, a man killed by police-involved violence. He also insulted Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr.

Taking a knee for justice

He attacked NFL athletes like Colin Kaepernick for kneeling in protest of police brutality.

Calls for his resignation hit the internet and precinct almost as soon as this news was made public. Kobel has chosen to retire from the force early because he “did not see it as possible to get a fair administrative trial,” Chris Monahan, President of the Captains Endowment Association said in a statement.

He made this decision before the commission could decide. However, the court of public opinion has already weighed in.

Officer Kobel’s image from Shaun King’s Facebook

The investigation continues and according to the NYPD, no matter what the turnout, he still is eligible for his pension benefits.

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