The City of Brotherly Love is trying to get a handle on a hateful culture in its police department.
More than a dozen Philadelphia Police officers reportedly will be fired because of racist and offensive social media posts. As many as 13 officers will be suspended before they're fired, with the process beginning tomorrow.
The Police Department last month opened an investigation into officers' social media posts that included anti-Muslim sentiments, violent rhetoric, racist comments, and Confederate imagery. The department pulled more than 70 officers off the streets and assigned them to desk jobs after allegations they posted hateful or racist content online. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross called the posts "disturbing, disappointing and upsetting."
The social media posts were compiled by The Plain View Project, which describes itself as a "database of public Facebook posts and comments made by current and former police officers from several jurisdictions across the United States." The St. Louis Police Department has also launched an investigation on their officers.