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An NYPD official is suspended without pay after being connected to racists posts on a message board

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A high-ranking official with the New York Police Department has been suspended without pay and is now the subject of an internal disciplinary process after a string of racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic posts, the NYPD confirmed.

Late last year, an investigation by the City Council connected Deputy Inspector James Francis Kobel to a user under the name "Clouseau. " Under that identity, he routinely posted offensive messages on a public law enforcement message board attacking Black people, Muslims, the Hasidic Jewish community and others with extremely derogatory language, according to a draft report from the New York City Council Oversight and Investigations Division.

"Deputy Inspector Kobel has served the City of New York and the NYPD honorably for nearly 29 years," Chris Monahan, President of the Captains Endowment Association said in a statement.

Both "Clouseau" and Kobel joined the NYPD at the same time, held the rank of captain or higher in 2019 and were on the job in February 2020," the report said.

"The virulent bigotry of Deputy Inspector James Kobel has no place in the NYPD, much less in the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity," Torres said in a statement to CNN.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said the department interviewed Kobel the day it received the allegation.

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