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Website Operated By NYPD Officers Displays Their Racism and Ugliness For Whole World To See

Thee_RANT_LogoThee_RANT_LogoAt a time when relations between the police and the Black community are as sensitive as ever, former and current police officers in New York use a website to post racist and offensive comments that let the world know the ugliness that flows through the minds of at least some of the force when they are on duty.

It is an astoundingly tone-deaf display of insensitivity that NYPD brass claim they are powerless to stop. Called Thee Rant, such a website in times like these is akin to shouting “Fire!” in a crowded theater.

Pro Publica, the investigative journalism nonprofit, published a report on Thee Rant yesterday that reveals the stunning regularity with which racist posts appear on the police site. It raises the question of how much responsibility the police should bear for trying to create a harmonious climate with the people they are paid to serve.

If cops feel no compunction about displaying their racism, how much could they possibly care what the residents of Black and Hispanic communities feel about them?

At the top of the site, Thee Rant prominently features images of slain cops Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. But wasn’t it the climate of hate and distrust that incited gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley to execute them at point-blank range last December in Brooklyn as they sat in their patrol car?

Postings on the site regularly refer to Black people as apes—including President Obama, called “the ape in the White House,” and Chirlane McCray, New York Mayor de Blasio’s wife, referred to as “the ape they call the mayor’s wife.”

According to ProPublica, in one posting a retired officer says one of the blessings of retirement is not having to work the Puerto Rican Day parade, with its “old obese tatted up women stuffed into outfits that they purchased or shoplifted at the local Kmart store.” In another one, a Middle Eastern cab driver who was berated by an officer is termed a “third worlder” who should have his “head split open.”

“It’s very disturbing stuff. Outrageous stuff,” Stephen Davis, the chief spokesman for the NYPD, told ProPublica. “We see it. It’s a problem.”

“Monitoring these things is challenging,” he continued. “There are privacy issues involved. We can’t go and peel back email names and tags and try to find out who these people are.”

But more pressing than the question of how NYPD brass could allow the site to stay up is the issue of why officers would think it was okay to portray their department as a beehive of racial hostility. The site was created in 1999 by a former NYPD officer, Ed Polstein. The site claims on its home page that it gets 120,000 page views daily. Users reportedly have to input a valid NYPD ID in order to post. The home page also announces quite prominently, “We have the right to rant!”

The comments on the site give the media an easy source of stories following a racially explosive incident. After Walter Scott was killed by North Charleston police officer Michael Slager, stories hit the web containing some of the ugly comments that were posted on Thee Rant as an illustration of the racial animus in the hearts of police officers.

“The perpetrator was wanted for non support and stole the cops lazer and ran like a typical ni**aaa,” a story on Business Insider quoted user DisGraziato as writing on The Rant. “Aren’t police allowed to shoot a fleeing felon?? Eight shots in the back. A good shoot if you ask me..”

“Who cares,” wrote user otjkid. “One less azzbole that comes through the drive through on foot.”

But apparently there are officers who see the harm being done on Thee Rant.

“I really have a hard time believing that some of the people on this board are cops,” user woodshampu wrote, according to Business Insider. “The level of ignorance, stupidity, and arrogance is breathtaking.”

Though NYPD officials say they can’t do anything about the site, there is precedence for police officers being punished for comments made online. ProPublica provides the example of an officer in a St. Louis suburb who was fired after posting racist remarks about the protests in Ferguson. In addition, San Francisco officials fired eight officers after they exchanged racist and homophobic text messages.

But in New York, Thee Rant rolls on, souring on a daily basis any efforts by the NYPD to improve public relations.

“We don’t know how many active police officers are on it,” NYPD spokesman Davis told ProPublica. “If we did identify active officers speaking on the site in that capacity they would be disciplined for violating policy.”

“Unfortunately,” he added, “it’s one of these things that we don’t have ownership of. We don’t have any control over it. Some say that’s good, others maybe say it’s bad.”

After Eric Garner was killed by police officer Daniel Pantaleo last summer, this is what users were saying on the site:

“A more accurate headline would be ‘Non Compliant Fat Bastard Gets Just Due In Resisting Law Enforcement Officers,'” said one post.

“Yes, they’ll pay off the ‘family,'” said another. “It’s a lot cheaper than a riot…And therein lies the problem…The cities of America are held hostage by the strong-arm tactics of the savages.”

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22 thoughts on “Website Operated By NYPD Officers Displays Their Racism and Ugliness For Whole World To See

  1. IN YOUR HISTORY SECTION..PLEASE TELL ABOUT THE CONGO FREE STATE GENOCIDE. PLEASE TELL ABOUT THE EMPIRE BUILDER RHODES AND THE GENOCIDE HE PRACTICED.

  2. This story is disturbing!

  3. So: Two wrongs make a right? Your post makes no sense.

  4. they can if they want to because it is hate leature. get right with god I feel sorry for racist because there is only one place for you and that's hell.

  5. Yes this is very disturbing because these individuals swore too uphold and enforce law not just for a selected few but for all persons. If they are having issues with people because of their then being a cop is not for them. We have enough problems in this world and don't need horrible cops like this watching over our safety. Also for the NYPD stating that they cannot do anything about this is bull. Ultimately the NYPD hired these people and is responsible for any indirect or direct actions where the public will be harmed by their actions due too racism.

  6. THAT'S WHY I HOPE THAT THE NYPD SUFFERS THROUGH MANY MORE DAYS SUCH AS DECEMBER 20,2014!

  7. Corey Harris says:

    If they can peel back Hillary Clinton's emails then these worthless human beings also.

  8. Eddie Vargas says:

    No but 3 lefts do ROFL!!!

  9. James Wilson says:

    Funny how the FBI. CIA AND HOMELAND SECURITY CAN TARGET HATE GROUPS — BUT NOT IN THEIR OWN RANKS?

  10. Saun Hytche says:

    I am convinced the two policemen killed were killed by NYPD police themselves.

  11. Jahmal Binns says:

    Welcome to America

  12. So the SYSTEM can't control the people that work for them. But this same system want to control civilians. Tax payer's are paying big for all the f*** ups … If you
    're a cop and don't like people of color you're not going to do a good job. Man's desire and Greed is at the root.

  13. It seem that every one is worrying about the threat of isis. We shouldn't be, because we have our own ISIS build in the justice system and they are the police. We keep talking about gun control, what about policesome control they are the real danger the country has right now. I can remember as a child a police officer was good man a pillow of the community I remember when you need a police officer at home for help this what you got. They respect you and your family but now police officers are so willing too kill you and any member of your family.

  14. If people read the bible properly and with an open mind, they will realize that white jesus tells what he came to do, and is doing it very well. Mathew 10:34 > Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword./ Luke 21:23 >>> How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. Luke 12:51 >>>Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to divide people against each other!

  15. Following MLK's "I have a dream" mentality and the pigfeet eating pastors advice of "loving those who dispitefully abuse you" sounds and looks stupid now doesn't it??? You are shocked?

  16. Why are people acting so shock.. What do you really expect from these type of animals they run, work live in packs. They wrote the rules for the system to benefit themeselves no one else. I say do unto others what they do unto you. Do not turn the other cheek. Abuse gets worst when ignored or you dont fight back.
    There is a saying that I like and its… people can only do to you what you allow them to do. It means take responability for yourself and stop waiting for others to change. Love yourself before you can love anyone else.

  17. The only thing disturbing about these rants and ramblings is that there are still people who can not understand that this is the mindset of of your averageWhite LEO and the average Black LEO who blindly supports him. LEO academy teaches White People are people, it teaches Black People are the enemy and they are to be treated accordingly.

  18. I poked around on there after reading this. Found a post about a young black girl with clear ED (diagnosed emotional disturbance resulting in outward behavior manifestations) referred to as a "well raised savage" who "should have been aborted". The post was just malicious, with no intended dialogue or exchange.

  19. Von Bailey says:

    How can their system only allow valid NYPD id numbers without a soutce of valid numbers. They can only get that from the city. Stop supplying their site with the validation of the ids.

  20. Luci Ortiz says:

    They can't do anything about it or they won't do anything about it? NYers you have to DEMAND better. Stop feeling so comfortable that you turn a blind eye to what's going on around you. When will enough be enough?

  21. Netar Penson says:

    Is this the good job of which BILL O'REILLY spoke concerning the work of Law Enforcement? Surely this isn't the support behind "Blue lives matter."

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