NEW YORK, NY – NYPD brass has disciplined 17 cops who posted racist or offensive comments on a Facebook page devoted to last year’s West Indian Day Parade, officials said Thursday.
News of the disciplinary action comes almost one year after the Labor Day weekend celebration.
About 150 comments were posted on the page, referring to parade revelers as “savages” and “animals.”
One person, believed to be a cop, went so far as to write: “I say have the parade one more year and when they all gather drop a bomb and wipe them all out.”
“Kill them all,” another person wrote.
The remarks taken from the profile titled “No More West Indian Day Detail,” were compiled by a team of lawyers representing a man who was caught with a gun at the parade.
Investigators found that about 20 of the people who posted comments matched the names of NYPD police officers.
Paul Browne, top spokesman for the NYPD, said four cops still face departmental trials on misconduct charges.
Six cops were slapped with command disciplines and seven officers received lower levels of punishment, which included “letters of instruction,” Browne said.
“These comments were deeply offensive, specifically to the elected officials who every year work with the NYPD to address safety concerns related to the West Indian Day Parade,” said Council Member Letitia James (D-Brooklyn).
“I commend the NYPD for addressing this unacceptable behavior,” she added.
The annual parade, one of the city’s largest events, has been linked to several spates of violence. Last year, three shootings were tied to the parade and the celebratory night before, known as J’ouvert.