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.
"James Francis Kobel — the former commanding officer of the NYPD’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity — was sent to work at the Transit Borough Command for the Bronx and Queens on Nov. 16, according to records reviewed by The Post."
— Ash J (@AshAgony) November 25, 2020
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?