Racist Newark Police Lieutenant Compares Black Mayor to Monkey

Newark Police Lieutenant Racist Mayor

In Newark, New Jersey, an unnamed lieutenant has joined the ever- expanding list of cops who have been exposed publicly as racists. The allegations involve a Facebook post in which Ras Baraka, the city’s black mayor, is compared to a gorilla. This particular case involves not just the lieutenant currently under investigation by the Newark Police Department, but also a retired NPD lieutenant.

According to NJ.com:

Police officials said they obtained a screen shot of the Facebook conversation, which is being investigated as a violation of the department’s social media policy. The screen shot was sent to Police Director Eugene Venable Wednesday, department spokesman Sgt. Ron Glover said…

“What’s particularly disturbing about this incident is that this police official has been on the job for many years and has some amount of influence over the rank and file in the department,” Venable said.

The thread between the two writers opens with a picture of an ape captioned “Lmfao….How’s your mayor?”

“Exactly!!!!” replies the writer believed to be the current police lieutenant.

In a subsequent reply, the same writer says “Bring back Sharpaaaa!!!!!”, an apparent reference to former Mayor Sharpe James. He also says he is trying to “stay low” and that he had been transferred several times.

It’s disturbing enough that two people who were in positions of authority which allowed them to commit violence against others as police officers would publicly express racist attitudes. It obviously makes you wonder just how much worse their private behavior is. The fact that they were in positions of leadership and influence within the police force takes that to a new level.

In spite of that, this shouldn’t be surprising. The fact is that the reason this lieutenant is being investigated in the first place is because of policies that had to be implemented after a series of racist and criminal scandals embarrassed the Newark police several years ago.

According to Think Progress:

According to Police Director Eugene Venable, the Newark Police Department’s social media policy prohibits officers from posting anything “which could possibly be misconstrued and reflects negatively on the department.” Information about criminal investigations is also banned from social media.

“The general order was created as the result of several embarrassing instances of online activity by members of the department that were quite racy and somewhat, quite frankly, borderline discriminatory…Violations of the order could result in disciplinary actions, including dismissal,” he told NJ Advance Media.

Detective Bobby Kinch Racist Cop LVMPDIn July of 2014, a U.S. Department of Justice report was released that characterized the Newark Police Department as racist thieves who routinely disregarded the Constitution, racially profiled citizens for “stop and frisk” detentions–even though there was no statistical difference between minorities and whites found to be violating the law during those stops–and also often used excessive force against Newark residents. Those accused of racist acts even included the head of the NPD Internal Affairs Unit. (Those guys who “investigate” cops when they are charged with misconduct.)

On a national level, this is just one of a string of recent revelations of open and public racism by police throughout the country:

  • In Las Vegas, Detective Bobby Kinch, of the LVMPD, posted racist comments and photos stating a desire for a race war to begin on Facebook. Not only did Sheriff Gillespie himself step in to prevent him from being raided after a Secret Service investigation of those posts, he was actually assigned to investigate black suspects exclusively afterward.
  • In Ferguson, the DOJ investigation launched after the murder of Mike Brown uncovered racist emails being sent between officers containing jokes depicting racial stereotypes, including Barack Obama as a chimpanzee and Michelle Obama as a bare chested African woman.
  • In San Francisco, police officer sent text messages in which they routinely referred to black people as niggers, referenced cross burnings, and called a black person a monkey and an animal.
  • In Louisiana, a series of racist emails amongst police was uncovered in 2014. As is the typical formula, the emails “depicted black men as animals, likened President Barrack Obama to a monkey, and referred to African Americans as the ‘entitlement crowd.'”

Once again, it begs the question of just how racist police departments are in private, when cops feel safe enough to post this sort of racism on internal emails and publicly on social media. While those posts should never be a criminal matter, regardless of the occupation of their authors, it certainly raises questions about someone who is in a position to act on those sort of prejudices on a daily basis to the point of deadly force. The overwhelming statistical bias toward minorities in relation to stop and frisk instances, use of force incidents, and arrest frequency are just the things that can be tracked. If cops are willing to be this racist out in the open, there can be little doubt that it influences policing on a base level, even if it doesn’t rise to that point.

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10 Responses to “Racist Newark Police Lieutenant Compares Black Mayor to Monkey”

  1. weThePolice July 29, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

    The officer was obviously trying to pay the mayor a complement. He was saying that the mayor is fierce and powerful, like a gorilla

    • Common Sense July 31, 2015 at 8:05 pm #

      Ha ha +2

  2. JC July 29, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

    Interesting. Copblockers would be climbing a trees like monkeys if their facebook statements were taken this way. Copblockers are quite the hypocrites.

  3. Yomammaaho July 29, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

    Know where your police live so you can send them xmas cards.
    SPREAD that info around any way you can so everyone can send them cards.
    The rest is self explanatory. God Bless.

  4. you know what really grinds my July 29, 2015 at 6:05 pm #

    shows how much respect they have for the chain of command.

  5. Shmuck July 29, 2015 at 11:10 pm #

    Prediction of defense : Facebook account was hacked

  6. Hater July 30, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

    What’s the big deal? He does look like a gorilla. Anybody with eyes can see it. He probably acts like one too.

    • Keith Ziegler August 3, 2015 at 12:42 am #

      Well, I’m not sure about him, but you’re certainly acting like an ape

  7. James Watts August 2, 2015 at 9:37 pm #

    Nobody is punished for shooting someone, but break the law of political correctness and blood will flow.

  8. George Moore August 3, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

    The author made some valid points in the last paragraph. What a lot of Non-people of color don’t realize is that it’s a huge concern for some of us when cops/police depts are revealed for their racist and/or extremely-biased behaviors. These men and women swore an oath to protect and serve and to uphold the law for everyone. Can a cop truly serve every member of the public if he has racist views in his heart? How can a cop be impartial to people of color if he if he arrives to the scene/call and his senses are extra heightened because he automatically assumes the worst before a word is ever spoken? To those of you or your family members that have never been harassed by cops without cause, good for you! To those of you that’s been treated with respect by a cop, good for you! To those of you that can argue, spit on and physically assault cops and still make it to jail without a scratch, good for you! To those of you that can shoot up your workplaces, movie theaters and churches or wave loaded guns at parks in the presence of children and not get riddled with 30+ bullets, good for you! To those of you that’s never had a long and sordid history with cops (in conjunction with members of the armed forces) burning down your communities and handing over members of your family to the KKK for beatings, castrations, lynchings and set afire, good for you! Stop saying, “it’s not a big deal”, “those emails/text messages are private/protected by free speech” and/or “cops are just sharing a little humor”! It is a big deal and there’s nothing funny about degrading, abusing and murdering citizens for the color of their skin. Yes, those texts and emails are *usually private*, but 9 times out 10 they’re only revealed after a cop, police dept or a government employee is under investigation for something unrelated and investigators just happened to stumble across them. I stated texts/emails are “usually private” if they’re sent to and from personal cell phones and email accounts. Most of these idiotic, racist cops and government employees are using city or police-issued cell phones and workplace computers…which are paid for by tax dollars and are NOT private! Nonetheless, if a cop, judge or government employee is found to be outwardly or privately filled with racial biases or even if they’ve ever taken part in sending/forwarding racist emails, they should be fired immediately and every case they’ve ever taken part in involving people of color (whether it be ticketing, use of force, justifiable murder or conviction) should be reviewed by an outside agency or the DOJ.

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