San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is looking for an investigation into a personal Facebook group allegedly comprised of retired and present members of the San Jose Police Division the place quite a few racist posts have been made.
The group’s existence was delivered to gentle by a widely-shared weblog submit written by an unidentified “associate of an lively legislation enforcement officer in a San Francisco Bay Space police division.” The non-public group’s web page known as “10–7ODSJ,” and members primarily focused African-Individuals and Muslims with feedback allegedly starting from “black lives do not actually matter” to “I say re-purpose the hijabs into nooses.”
Liccardo acknowledged that if any present San Jose Police Division officer is discovered to have made racist statements, she or he can be fired.
“I demand and anticipate a full investigation, and additional anticipate that racist, anti-Muslim or menacing feedback expressed by any present SJPD Officer can be met with termination,” he stated in a press release issued Friday night time. “Our Chief fired an officer for tweeting an identical assertion in 2016, however an unaccountable arbitrator—immune from public or court docket assessment—reversed the termination, and compelled the division to reinstate the officer. For that cause, as I articulated in my police reform proposal this week, I’ll push for modifications to a disciplinary course of that permits unaccountable arbitrators to reverse termination selections of the Chief, and I’ll additional push for unbiased investigation of all racially discriminatory conduct. That is exactly why these reforms are so vital.”
SJPD chief Eddie Garcia echoed Liccardo, as did the San Jose Police Officers Affiliation.
“Whereas I’ve no management over what former staff submit on-line, I can voice my outrage after listening to about these feedback made on-line,” Garcia stated. “Any present worker concerned with bigoted exercise on-line will promptly be investigated and held accountable to the fullest extent in my energy. We have now no place for this.”
SJPOA president Paul Kelly acknowledged, “I’m asserting tonight that I’m taking swift motion in opposition to any member of the SJPOA that has participated on this on-line ring of hate as a result of there may be zero room in our division or our occupation for racists, bigots or those who allow them.”
Eric Ting is an SFGATE digital reporter. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter:@_ericting