Some NYPD officers on Thee Rant, a controversial law enforcement message board, wasted no time making inflammatory, racist comments about the Wednesday shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Nine people are dead after the attack by a suspected white supremacist.
Worse, this isn't particularly surprising. As ProPublica documented in April, the site — which is populated by both retired and active-duty NYPD cops — is a cesspool when it comes to race issues, and some in the department think it’s a liability for the force. (They’re right.) According to ProPublica, NYPD leadership attributes the bigoted posts, which appear with depressing regularity, to just a few bad apples, to use an unofficial department term.
“It’s very disturbing stuff. Outrageous stuff,” Stephen Davis, the chief spokesman for the NYPD, told ProPublica about previous instances of racist comments. “We see it. It’s a problem.”