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Warren PD investigating racist posts allegedly made by officer

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published June 15, 2021

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WARREN — Racist comments on Facebook allegedly made by an off-duty officer are at the center of an internal investigation by the Warren Police Department, Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer confirmed on June 15.

“This incident involves alleged comments posted to Facebook by an off-duty officer using his personal Facebook profile,” Dwyer said in a statement. “Upon being made aware of the allegation, the Warren Police Department immediately launched an internal investigation and placed the officer on administrative leave.

“The Warren Police Department does not condone the use of racist comments by any employees, whether on duty or off duty. Statements like this erode civilian trust and confidence in the police department and are not tolerated,” Dwyer said.

According to a local television news report, a woman contacted Warren police after the comments were posted on Facebook in response to a news story shared on social media. The woman reportedly took a screenshot of the comments, which were reportedly made in response to other comments posted by the woman and another party, and used the associated name to track the alleged author’s employment back to the Warren Police Department.

The woman told the station the department’s response to her concern was swift and that they contacted her right away.

The officer was not identified by Warren police, and Dwyer said the investigation was ongoing.

“This allegation is serious and will be thoroughly investigated in accordance with Warren Police Department procedures and the officer’s collective bargaining agreement,” Dwyer said.

Dwyer added that the comments “do not align” with the mission, goals and philosophy of the department and that they “in no way” reflect on the views of the department’s 200-plus members.

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