Four Dallas police officers are on administrative leave and nearly 2 dozen more are under investigation, in connection with a report by a watch-dog organization last month that tracked the social media activity of current or former police officers in several cities.
The Plain View Project identified hundreds of racist and/or violent posts made by officers from several jurisdictions across the United States; 25 of the were within the ranks of the Dallas Police Department.
Dallas officials did not identify the officers placed on administrative leave, but Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall addressed the matter in a written statement:
“We take these matters seriously and we want to ensure the community that we will not tolerate racism, bigotry or hatred of any kind in our organization. The Dallas Police Department prides itself on maintaining the highest standards of ethics and integrity while providing service to the community without prejudice.”
The investigation continues.
Another Texas police department named in the report was in Denison, Texas; others included Philadelphia and St. Louis.
The Plain View Project database includes postings and comments by 2,800 current and about 700 former officers. Most of the offenses comments or memes celebrate violence, for the most part, against people of color.