By Thomas Tracy in the Daily News
The NYPD is investigating a Queens cop after he made social media posts that city activists ripped as “racially charged,” sources said Wednesday.
The Internal Affairs Bureau is probing Officer Matthew Langone, 40, after a Black Lives Matter activist posted screenshots from an Instagram account believed to belong to the cop.
One post contains a meme showing a white soldier staring at two automatic weapons sitting on a table.
“When you wanna pop off rounds in your neighborhood like the rest of the hood rats, but you gotta be responsible,” reads the accompanying message.
Below it, the poster wrote, “Or do we.”
Another post shows a container labeled “Obama’s Tears” being used to clean a gun.
Cops are also working to determine whether Langone himself posted the images.
Sources said the officer, who works out of Jamaica’s 103rd Precinct, hadn’t been suspended or placed on modified duty.
“We want to make sure that the posts are his,” one source said. “How many fake Instagram and Twitter pages are out there? Someone may have been putting this out in his name.”
No one answered the door Wednesday morning at Langone’s home in Glen Head, L.I.
But a middle-aged man, after returning home in the afternoon, shooed away a reporter.
“No comment,” the man said. “You know the deal — off the property.”
Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Queens) said the officer deserves to be punished.
“It’s completely unacceptable for someone who has sworn to protect our city to post messages advocating violence and referring to community members as ‘hood rats,’” Lancman said.
“Such comments erode public confidence in our police and undermine our efforts to improve police-community relations. I urge the NYPD to take immediate disciplinary action and make it clear that such behavior will not be tolerated.”
Keegan Stephan, the activist who discovered the offensive posts, said he was particularly disturbed by the “hood rats” meme — labeling it “racially charged.”