The Latest: Islamic group condemns police social media posts
DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on the Dallas Police Departments review of social media posts for policy violations (all times local):
The Council on American-Islamic Relations is condemning as Islamophobic and racist statements some Dallas police officers appear to have made on social media.
Ekram Haque, interim executive director of the group’s Dallas/Fort Worth chapter, called Facebook posts flagged by researchers with The Plain View Project “shocking” in a Thursday statement. He highlighted posts featuring the Confederate flag and “memes promoting Islamophobia.”
Haque asked the Dallas Police Department to denounce the posts and assure city residents “of all faiths and ethnicities that they will receive professional and unbiased service from their police officers.”
The department says it is reviewing more than 1,000 public posts from people The Plain View Project identified as current and former officers for potential policy violations.
Dallas police are joining law enforcement agencies nationwide in reviewing officers’ statements on social media.
The review follows publication of a database that appears to catalog thousands of officers’ bigoted or violent posts.
More than 1,000 public posts from people identified as current and former Dallas officers were flagged by researchers with The Plain View Project , who spent two years looking at the personal Facebook accounts of police from Arizona to Florida.
The Dallas Police Department says it’s working with the project’s leader and going over each post to see if department policy was violated.
Dallas Police Association President Mike Mata says some posts may merely be dark humor or have been taken out of context. He says the department should act if something is “a shock to the conscience.”