“Drop a Bomb and Wipe Them All Out”: On ‘No More West Indian Day Detail’ Facebook Page, NYPD Cops Call Blacks “Animals,” “Savages,” “Filth”
A Facebook page loaded with racist comments posted by officers from the New York Police Department has given the world a glimpse into the racist mindset that plagues far too many law enforcement officers in the United States.
The New York Times reports that a Facebook group called ‘No More West Indian Day Detail’ attracted 1,200 members, not all of them police (there were firefighters and ‘civilians,’ including city workers as well), who posted 70 printed pages worth of vitriol against the City’s annual West Indian Day Parade and those who attend it.
The 2011 parade was marred by violence, with five people shot– including a police officer– and one person killed. There were also fatal shootings at the parade in 2003 and 2005.
But mostly, it’s a celebration of West Indian culture, replete with music, dancing foot and a raucous, festive atmosphere. The parade takes place on Labor Day in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and attracts upwards of a million revelers each year.
While some NYPD officers have been seen thoroughly enjoying themselves at the parade, like these gentlemen seen dancing and grinding against the gyrating booties of scantily-clad Caribbean queens, many others dread being assigned to the event. Some fear violence. Others, it seems, just don’t like being around so many colored folks.
“Why is everyone calling this a parade,” one officer wrote. “It’s a scheduled riot.”
“We were widely outnumbered,” another commented, showing obvious fear. “It was an eerie feeling knowing we could be overrun at any moment.”
“Filth,” Officer Nick Virgilio wrote on the Facebook page.
“It’s not racist if it’s true,” posted another.
“Let them kill each other,” yet another officer wrote.
“I say have the parade one more year and when they all gather, drop a bomb and wipe them all out,” a comment by Officer Dan Rodney reads. He has denied writing those words, telling the New York Times that he “[leaves] his phone around sometimes.”
“They can keep the forced overtime,” another of New York’s finest fumed, writing that the safety of his fellow officers comes “before the animals.”
Other postings called the parade “ethnic cleansing” and suggested that it should be “moved to the zoo.” Another called it “ghetto training.”
The postings obviously violate the New York Police Department’s ban on “discourteous or disrespectful remarks” about race or ethnicity, and Paul J. Browne, the Department’s deputy commissioner for public information, said he would refer the Facebook group to Internal Affairs. This was forecast by one of the group’s members, who warned his fellow officers to watch what they wrote or risk the wrath of the Internal Affairs “rats.”
The ‘No More West Indian Day Detail’ Facebook page no longer exists. But the racist comments survive thanks to Benjamin Moore and Paul Lieberman, two public defense attorneys from the Brooklyn Defender Services. Moore and Lieberman introduced the racist comments as evidence in the case of Tyrone Johnson, an unemployed food service worker who was charged with criminal gun possession after being arrested early on the day of the parade. Sgt. Dustin Edwards, the arresting officer, turned out to be a member of the Facebook group. The jury acquitted Johnson.
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