Deputy Inspector James Kobel, the head of the New york city Cops Department’s workplace discrimination office, has been suspended without pay for 30 days after allegedly publishing hate messages to an online forum.

In a City Council report launched in November, Kobel was implicated of repeatedly publishing “racist, misogynistic, antisemitic, and homophobic beliefs” to the Police Tirade, an online forum for present and retired police officers.

According to the Council’s report, Kobel published over five hundred hateful comments under the pseudonym Clouseau, a referral to the French detective in the movie series Pink Panther, from July 2019 to September 2020.

NYPD representative Detective Denise Moroney told Gothamist the department started an internal disciplinary procedure on Sunday.

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NYPD officers are shown above using face masks in Kips Bay on December 07, 2020 in New York City. Deputy Inspector James Kobel, the head of the New York Authorities Department’s work environment discrimination workplace, has been suspended without pay.
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” This is absolutely horrible and goes versus everything we’ve done to build a more inclusive cops department,” de Blasio stated in a tweet on Sunday, referencing a Gothamist report about Kobel.

” If this Deputy Inspector is discovered guilty of these offenses, he must be ended instantly,” de Blasio included.

This is definitely horrible and goes versus whatever we have actually done to construct a more inclusive cops department.

Among the abhorrent messages posted to the forum, Clouseau referred to Bronx District Lawyer Darcel Clark as a “gap-tooth wildebeest,” called previous President Barack Obama a “Muslim savage,” and addressed de Blasio’s son, Dante, as a “brillohead.” All three men Clouseau was referring to are Black.

Kobel denied that he had written the racist messages in a November interview with The New York Times

” I am not familiar with any of these posts,” said Kobel. “I’m unfamiliar with ‘Clouseau.’ I do not publish on the Tirade.”

In spite of his denial, City board private investigators connected Clouseau’s identity to Kobel by matching life and career info made publically offered in the messages.

The information consisted of that both Clouseau and Kobel both signed up with the NYPD at the same time, held the rank of captain or greater in 2019, had a father who passed away in the same year and at the very same age, had mothers who died on the same day, declared to be the youngest of 7 kids, and had two siblings who were also NYPD workplaces, to name a few characteristics.

Kobel is the commanding officer of the NYPD’s Equal Job opportunity workplace, according to WNBC. The office is accountable for preventing and investigating work and harassment claims.

Newsweek reached out to the NYPD, however didn’t hear back in time for publication.



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