Cop used his Facebook page to disparage blacks and Latinos, and even made racist remarks about Michelle Obama
|Irondequoit Police Department Officer Jim Frascati (Facebook)|
The Irondequoit Police Department in New York has launched an internal investigation after learning that racist Facebook posts had been attributed to one of its officers.
“On Friday, we were made aware of an internet story that appears to portray several insensitive social media postings by a member of our Police Department,” Town Supervisor Adam Bello and Irondequoit Police Chief Richard Tantalo said in a joint statement provided to WHEC.
“Given the offensive and racially insensitive nature of some of the material in question, we are conducting a full internal investigation to assess its authenticity,” the statement continued. “Until that investigation has concluded, the officer in question will be placed on administrative leave.”
The allegations came to light last week after police watchdog Davy Vara wrote on his blog that he had been tipped off about the Facebook posts.
Vara was able to capture a number of posts which he said had been made by investigator Jim Frascati.
One photo posted to Facebook showed a group of topless tribal African women holding sticks and dancing. The caption was titled, “Michelle Obama’s class reunion.”
Other posts reportedly included racially-charged comments and photos that disparaged blacks and Latinos.
And according to Vara, Police Chief Tantalo’s wife also wrote comments on Facebook approving of Frascati’s behavior.