25 Dallas Police Officers Under Investigation for Allegedly Posting Racist, Threatening Material On Facebook

Four active-duty Dallas police officers have been placed on administrative leave and 21 others were under internal investigation after the officers were believed to have made racist and violent comments on their Facebook profiles.

The move by the Dallas Police Department came one month after a cache of social media posts from police officers in eight U.S. jurisdictions was made public by The Plain View Project, which had scoured the Facebook profiles of law enforcement officers nationwide over the past two years to compile a database of potentially inflammatory or otherwise objectionable content.

After the database was first made public, the Dallas Police Department released a statement saying that it was “thoroughly investigating the names and posts” of officers flagged by the database.

“We take these matters seriously and we want to assure the community that we will not tolerate racism, bigotry or hatred of any kind in our organization,” the statement concluded.

The Plain View Project has now collected around 5,000 posts, around 300 of which were allegedly published by active-duty Dallas officers.

Friday’s announcement from the Dallas Police Department explained that the “department’s preliminary findings show that 25 officers posted or shared material that was determined to be a potential violation of DPD’s General Orders and/or Code of Conduct.”

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