Greater than a dozen instances of San Jose officers linked to racist Fb posts might be dismissed
The allegedly racist and anti-Muslim comments allegedly made by current and retired officials of a private social media group came to light last summer when alleged screenshots of the posts were posted online by a person in an anonymous article on the Medium website claiming this to be “the partner of an active law enforcement officer in a San Francisco Bay Area police station”.
In June, pending investigation into the comments, four officers from the San Jose Police Department were on administrative leave.
CNN has not been able to view the locations in question and has not identified a current or former official.
After the sentries surfaced, the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office reviewed hundreds of cases in which the officers were witnesses.
“The Office has identified 14 cases where we believe the integrity of the case has been compromised to such an extent that the Office can no longer stand up to conviction. All of these cases are offenses, most of which are driving problems or resistance to arrest affect.” The office said on Thursday.
The prosecution sent letters to prosecutors and defense attorneys about the dismissal of the case and offered to hear more from their clients about the officers concerned. The DA office said it will also notify defense attorneys if the officers are involved in pending or future cases.
The probe identified a total of five police officers who were active at the time the bookings were made. The fifth officer’s status is unclear.
CNN has reached out to the San Jose Police Department and the San Jose Police Officers’ Association.
Paul Kelly, the President of the Officers’ Association, previously condemned the group, claiming the union does not represent officers accused of posting on Facebook and would immediately expel any members who participated in the group.
In the images posted with the Medium article, users made derogatory comments about Muslim women, and one person changed their cover photo to an image of a “Sharia Barbie” doll with a black eye wearing a hijab.
To a post about a Muslim woman’s hijab in Los Angeles that was stripped by an officer, one person replied, “I say the hijabs should be put into nooses.”
The article also included an image taken from a public post where the user commented, “Black lives really don’t matter.”
Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen said Thursday, “Our community has a right to feel safe that the criminal proceedings we are filing in this district are not biased. I have a duty to see that these cases are not tainted by prejudice. “
CNN’s Nicole Chavez contributed to this report.