You may have heard about the Columbus Police Officer who posted some videos of herself (and her sister) on the internet making some pretty outlandish anti-Semitic claims. Just in case you haven’t, here is one of the many videos.
Of course, they aren’t limiting their comments to Jews. They have videos on Ebonics (and racial stereotypes!), Miami Cubans, and the US border. They even have a website – they call themselves The Patriot Dames. (And they appear to support Ron Paul!)
Mayor Coleman has requested a formal investigation. You can see the text after the jump.
August 28, 2007
Director Mitchell J. Brown
Department of Public Safety
50 W. Gay Street
Columbus OH 43215
Today, I viewed the internet video clips of Columbus Police Officer Susan L. Purtee, and instruct the Department of Public Safety and Division of Police to engage in an immediate disciplinary investigation. I am personally offended by her racist and anti-Semitic comments, and I believe our citizens should be equally offended. As Mayor, I am highly concerned that this unacceptable conduct will reflect negatively on the entire Division and the City of Columbus. Clearly, Officer Purtee is not representative of our Division?s many great Officers. While we respect the right of free speech, we also demand that every Officer meets the highest standard of conduct on and off the job. In my opinion, Officer Purtee?s conduct falls far below this City?s expectations.
Few positions in American society entail and demand more implicit trust and respect than serving the public as a Police Officer. The Columbus Division of Police is among the nation?s best, and each officer takes an oath to protect the lives and rights of all citizens. In recent years, the City and Division worked hard to address Department of Justice and citizen complaints of discrimination, by implementing new diversity training, higher standards, video cameras in patrol cars, increased minority recruiting, and other initiatives to increase accountability and sensitivity of Officers interacting with residents. These actions and strong neighborhood policing efforts with Community Liaison Officers have helped rebuild bridges of trust with our city?s many diverse residents, and the conduct of Officer Purtee threatens that progress.
Our Division is held to a high standard, based on a long history of excellence, service and respect. After viewing the video, I ask that you review whether this behavior represents conduct unbecoming an Officer pursuant to Police directives. Officer Purtee?s conduct should not tarnish the badge of every one of our more than 1,800 Officers if not dealt with immediately.
Michael B. Coleman