It was not a good day for community relations for the New York Police Department. An officer assigned to a Jamaica, Queens, precinct was exposed for posting racially charged photos on his Instagram page.
On Tuesday, a Black Lives Matter protester named Keegan Stephan found the page and called attention to several of the questionable messages on Twitter.
“Officer Langone of the @NYPD103Pct doesn’t think much of free speech, except of course as ‘OT’,” Stephan tweeted. One post showed a T-shirt with a message suggesting that cops love protests because it gives them overtime money.
— Keegan Stephan (@KeeganNYC) January 12, 2016
Another post shows a man with guns and a caption reading, “When you wanna pop off rounds in your neighborhood like the rest of the hood rats… but you gotta be responsible.”
The NYPD released a statement in response to the series of posts and whether the cop would be punished.
“Members of the service should be aware that activities on personal social media sites may be used against them to undermine their credibility as members of the Department, interfere with official police business, compromise ongoing investigations and affect their employment status with the Department,” they wrote, according the Daily News.
Since the posts were exposed, the cop has made his account private.