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Police Officer Suspended For Racist Facebook Rant About Obama

A New York cop in the town of Pleasantville has been suspended after posting a racist rant on Facebook about President Barack Obama. Officer Peter Burns allegedly wrote the post last week on a Facebook page he operated under the profile name “Coon Trapper.” Pleasantville Police Chief Richard Love was informed of the incident yesterday and announced today that Burns had been suspended and placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation commenced.

The racist post that Burns allegedly wrote included a racial slur as he declared about Obama: “The fact he is still alive bewilders me. Go die in a shallow grave you Muslim commie.” He also referred to the President as “un-American.” Love described the Facebook comments as “despicable” and “totally unacceptable.” He said that once the investigation is completed, it’s possible that Burns could be fired if he was responsible for the racist rant.

This is hardly the first time that New York cops have posted racist statements on Facebook, though. In 2009, three police officers in the suburb of Harrison were suspended and demoted after swapping racist jokes about Obama. Last year, 17 cops in NYC were suspended for posting racist remarks related to the city’s West Indian Day Parade.

“The fact that a cop can say something like that about the president shows that there are deep racial issues within law enforcement,” said Damon Jones, president of the Westchester chapter of Blacks in Law Enforcement of America. “It’s something our elected officials have to pay attention to. There should be racial sensitivity training in every police department, with oversight to make sure that it’s being done properly and being taken seriously.”

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  • timinhi

    The fact that a cop would be so hateful about ANYone, let alone the president, is mind boggling. So many police depts.’ motto is some variation of “To protect & to serve.” Doesn’t an idiot like this realize that that applies to ALL members of society and that he undermines the integrity of all of law enforcement by having and vocalizing such vile attitudes? It’s no wonder so many people distrust and don’t respect law enforcement. Iued to work in law enforcement as a prosecutor. It’s guys like this who caused me to lose cases because jurors refused to believe officers’ testimony.

  • tiedtotheair2

    It is amazing how many comments are made to political articles by these conservative posters who hang out on these blogs day after day, ready to pounce on any writer who even makes a suggestion of racism. If they feel there is even the slightest opening, they will quickly come to the defense of the Zimmerman’s and trigger happy cops of the world. If you even mention the word “Racism” you are immediately accused of playing the race card. It has become their mantra. It’s clear that their goal is to have minorities so afraid of being labeled a “Reverse Racist” that they will be ever more hesitant to speak up.These people dig deep into the crevices to find justification for any act of racism to the point where they have their base questioning whether there is any racism at all. But with this article, where the racism is so openly blatant, there are no comments from them at all. You would think that if they are not racist, as they’re so quick to claim, that in the face of this obvious racism, they would condemn it as vehemently as they denounce “perceived” racism. So I will call you out. If you were so quick to defend law enforcement and even trigger happy private citizens who shot a unarmed Black or Latino person, and you don’t consider yourself a racist, then why aren’t you coming out against this overtly obvious case of disgusting racism?