Police Dispatchers in Ohio Suspended for Racially Charged Emails and Photos About Obama

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Say what you will about President Obama and his policies. I can say for myself, I am not happy with many of them and have been quite vocal. His recent cowtowing around the issue of healthcare and the public option has got me angry. Now in the world of politics, dissent even if its loud and boisterous is fair game.

New York City Councilman Charles Barron once told me, in politics you go hard and beat up your opponent on the issues, but at the end of the day you remain civil and even friends. In short, politics is a contact sport and not a whole lot of folks have the stomach for it. You go hard but there are lines you don’t cross. With the election of President Obama, lines are being crossed everyday. We’ve seen folks with guns and rifles showing up at rallies where the President is speaking. He’s gotten an unprecedented number of threats on his life. He’s been the subject of racist cartoons. The most recent affront comes from two Ohio police dispatchers who  saw nothing wrong with passing around an email containing a doctored photo of AirForce One where the tail letters spell out the word nigger.

Now its annoying enough when ordinary citizens who are angry with President Obama resort to using racial slurs to talk about him. Its outright disturbing when people working in law enforcement do the same thing. If they see President Obama as a nigger imagine how they see the citizenry they are supposed to protect and serve.  What are these folks serving? Mayhem and misery?

This new racial assault from tax payer supported police personnel comes on the heals of a Cambridge cop writing an op ed piece where he called the President’s friend Professor Henry Louis Gates a ‘jungle monkey’. That officer was fired, but is appealing the decision. That incident came on the heals of a lawsuit filed by Black officers in Philadelphia about a popular website called Domelights used by white officers where they routinely make racially charged remarks about the people they encounter while on patrol. The final straw was when white officers referred to a group of young kids who were denied entrance into a country club swimming pool, ‘jungle monkeys’.

As KRS-One once famously asked in a song when reffrring to out of control police- ‘Who Protects Us from U’ ?

-Davey D-

Post Racial America? Yeah right! Look at the "tail number" of this plane that North Canton Police Dispatcher Anita Malachowski( amalachowski@northcantonpolice.org ) sent to an undisclosed amount of people. So this is what our tax dollars are paying for!

Post Racial America? Yeah right! Look at the "tail number" of this plane that North Canton Police Dispatcher Anita Malachowski( amalachowski@northcantonpolice.org ) sent to an undisclosed amount of people. So this is what our tax dollars are paying for!

 

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North Canton dispatchers accused of forwarding racial e-mail

By Beacon Journal staff

POSTED: 06:56 p.m. EDT, Aug 16, 2009

http://www.ohio.com/news/53361252.html

 

  

Two North Canton Police Department dispatchers have been placed on administrative leave after they were accused last of forwarding racial messages using department e-mail accounts.

North Canton Police Chief Michael Grimes said the department was notified that ”inappropriate e-mail had been replied to or forwarded by two dispatchers” while on duty.

The dispatchers were not named.

A political blog at http://www.ohiodailyblog.com posted copies last week of what it said was e-mail sent by the two dispatchers.

The forwarded prank e-mail begins by saying Air Force One — the U.S. president’s private plane — has a new tail number.

The message that was allegedly forwarded reads: ”Please forgive me, I’m really sorry, I really tried not to laugh, but. . . !” It then displays a doctored photo of Air Force One with a combination of letters and numbers on the tail that spell a racial slur.

”The police department understands the serious and offensive nature of this matter,” Grimes said. ”We are investigating the situation and will deal with it appropriately.”

The police e-mail accounts of the dispatchers have been suspended during the investigation, Grimes said.

One of the two dispatchers also works for the Uniontown Police Department, Uniontown Police Chief Jack Coontz said Sunday.

He said he was notified about the allegations and plans to investigate the claims Tuesday, when the dispatcher will be back on duty.

”I haven’t been able to talk to my dispatcher to really make a comment yet,” he said.

 

Two North Canton Police Department dispatchers have been placed on administrative leave after they were accused last of forwarding racial messages using department e-mail accounts.

North Canton Police Chief Michael Grimes said the department was notified that ”inappropriate e-mail had been replied to or forwarded by two dispatchers” while on duty.

The dispatchers were not named.

A political blog at http://www.ohiodailyblog.com posted copies last week of what it said was e-mail sent by the two dispatchers.

The forwarded prank e-mail begins by saying Air Force One — the U.S. president’s private plane — has a new tail number.

The message that was allegedly forwarded reads: ”Please forgive me, I’m really sorry, I really tried not to laugh, but. . . !” It then displays a doctored photo of Air Force One with a combination of letters and numbers on the tail that spell a racial slur.

”The police department understands the serious and offensive nature of this matter,” Grimes said. ”We are investigating the situation and will deal with it appropriately.”

The police e-mail accounts of the dispatchers have been suspended during the investigation, Grimes said.

One of the two dispatchers also works for the Uniontown Police Department, Uniontown Police Chief Jack Coontz said Sunday.

He said he was notified about the allegations and plans to investigate the claims Tuesday, when the dispatcher will be back on duty.

”I haven’t been able to talk to my dispatcher to really make a comment yet,” he said.