Philly cops face scrutiny for offensive Facebook posts

A recent report collected racist and violent posts made by more than 300 Philadelphia police officers, and the department has launched an internal investigation.

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A police car drives with its lights flashing in Philadelphia.

A police car drives with its lights flashing in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo, file)

Guests: Emily Baker-White, Larry Krasner, Hans Menos, Jerry Ratcliffe

A recent report from The Plain View Project cataloged racist, sexist, and violent images and text shared by police officers from departments across the country, including in Philadelphia. Subsequent reporting found that many of the officers named in the report have had high levels of civilian complaints filed against them. This has prompted an internal investigation by the Philadelphia Police Department into the incidents and the officers involved. We’re joined today by the Plain View Project’s founder EMILY BAKER-WHITE who will tell us about the report – why they undertook this project, how they collected the data, and the results. We’re also joined by Philadelphia District Attorney, LARRY KRASNER, who has said officers who have allegedly shared the offending materials may not be allowed to testify in court. Then, we’ll hear from HANS MENOS, executive director of Philadelphia’s Police Advisory Commission, and JERRY RATCLIFFE, Temple University professor of criminal justice, to get their takes on police-community relations, social media, and racism within the Philadelphia police department.

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