A black police officer in Cincinnati, Ohio posted a rant, accusing white officers of wanting to find a reason to murder blacks. The department refused to name the officer, who is now under investigation but the name on the posting is Freddie Vincent and there is a Freddie Vincent who works out of District 5. Here is his post:
Chief Eliot Isaac says that the comments are under review. Here is his complete statement:
“The Cincinnati Police Department strives to maintain a culture of professionalism, as well as transparency and accountability for our actions. I am proud of the work of the men and women of the Cincinnati Police Department and our efforts to work collaboratively with the community.
We are aware of a recent post to a commonly used social media site by one of our officers that refers to an interpretation of a law enforcement officer’s actions. The comments that were posted are under review as they relate to our Social Media procedure and our Rules and Regulations.”
Sgt Dan Hils, president of the police union, said CPD’s internal investigators are looking into it.
Cincinnati Police Officer Eddie Hawkins, president of the Sentinel Police Association, said he hopes the incident and media coverage about it this doesn’t further inflame police-community relations, particularly at a time when eight police have been killed in ambush attacks.
“We don’t want this to contribute to what is already going on in society,” said Hawkins. From my understanding it’s an issue that’s been dealt with as a department and we are moving forward.”