28 February 2009

Racist Comments on Cops' Facebook Pages Alarm Town


Officials in a suburban New York town are consulting outside lawyers to determine what they can do about racist and sexist comments appearing on police officers' Facebook pages.

One Harrison detective reportedly made watermelon and fried chicken jokes about President Obama. He and others reportedly ridiculed the town mayor, Joan Walsh, with sexual comments.

Calls to Walsh were referred Thursday to town attorney Bob Palladino. She told The Journal News, “I am appalled with their juvenile behavior.”

Palladino said town board members will meet Thursday night with lawyers hired to advise them about what if any discipline is appropriate. He said the town has to be sure it can differentiate between what the officers themselves posted and what might have been posted by others on the officers' pages.

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