Today, U.S. Representative Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement regarding the highly charged and racist comments posted on Facebook by New York City Police officers in reference to being assigned to work at the West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn:
"I am outraged by the Facebook posts from some of New York City's Police officers regarding the West Indian American Day Parade. The Facebook posts, which were recently highlighted in the New York Times, illustrate that unfortunately, some NYPD officers harbor a sick, disdainful and bigoted perception of the very communities they are sworn to protect and serve. While we will never truly know how wide-spread and pervasive this mentality is within the department, the fact that it exists, is a very serious breach of the trust that most brooklynites have held in relation to the NYPD. It is clear that this has harmful implications for all people living in communities across Brooklyn. The bottom line is, these officers through their Facebook group, have done more to set back the police and community relations gained over the past two decades. Simply put it undermines the reputation of the NYPD.
"I call upon Commissioner Raymond Kelly to launch a thorough and full investigation of this Facebook group, remove and reassign any officers who may be assigned to precincts in Central Brooklyn and hold these individuals accountable for at minimum, their breach of the public trust. Unfortunately, when a law enforcement climate is created that promotes an abusive stop and frisk policy and racial profiling as an effective crime fighting strategy in the department, you are essentially inviting the biggots and racists within the organization to "reveal their preferences' through their thoughts, words and deeds. This is totally unacceptable and it is clear that we are truly witnessing an all time low from the NYPD."