N.Y cop under investigation for racist Facebook post, fellow officers turned him in
A Hudson Valley police officer has been placed on limited duty after fellow officers reported him to supervisors for a racist post on his Faceboook page.
According to LoHud, police officer Brad DiCairano is under investigation for an image posted to his social media account.
The post showed side-by-side photos: a picture of African-Americans on a van during last year’s protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and a picture of baboons swarming a car driven by a white woman.
Beneath the photo, a caption read: “What can I say?”
The picture comparing black people to baboons was posted on Wednesday as protests raged in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray. The account has since been shut down, and Police Chief Christopher McNerney called the officer’s lapse in judgment “disturbing”.
“I am very troubled and disappointed by this,” McNerney said. “Members of this department are held to the highest standard and we take all allegations of misconduct very seriously. I want to assure the members of the public and the men and women of this department that we will investigate this swiftly and appropriately.”
DiCairano, who is currently on vacation, is already on limited duty due to a work-related injury. When he returns, he faces having his responsibilities further limited as the department conducts an internal investigation.
He joins a long list of first responders from the Lower Hudson Valley who have come under scrutiny for posting offensive images online and forwarding racist emails.