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BOCA RATON POLICE FACEBOOK: Racist Posts Undeleted

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“BLACK MALES. WHY AM I NOT SURPRISED!!??”

We Have Long Criticized Boca PD For Its Reliance On Social Media. Anti-Black Posts Prove Our Point.

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These comments were posted to the Boca Raton Police Department’s Facebook page days ago. The police department only posts news events to social media. We are calling on the police department to change this policy.

BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

UPDATE: 5:44 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021: The racist posts are still on the Boca Raton Police Facebook page.

UPDATE: 5:13 p.m. Several hours after our article first appeared, the racist posts are STILL on the Boca Raton Police Department’s Facebook page.

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) (OUR VIEW) — The Boca Raton Police Department is overall a professional police department that provides top-notch services to the community. Which makes it so befuddling that racist, anti-black posts have remained on the agency’s Facebook page for nearly a week.

We have long criticized the Boca Raton Police Department for its unwillingness to email media advisories for crimes and incidents in its jurisdiction. While every other agency in South Florida routinely sends email alerts to news media and interested citizens, the Boca Raton Police Department only posts to social media, like a teenage girl seeking affirmation. Boynton Beach Police and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office collectively sent nearly ten advisories over the past few days. The Boca Raton Police Department sent none.

But on October 25th, Boca Raton PD posted to Facebook information about a robbery on the Lynn University campus. While not informing news media of the crime, the police department inexplicably decided it was important for Facebook users to comment on the post which included this language: “Both suspects were described as black males, between 20-25 years of age. One suspect had a tall, thin build and was wearing a blue shirt and dark pants. The other suspect was wearing a white vest and dark shorts.”

That led to responses like this: “Hmmmmm. Black males. Why am I not surprised!!??”

And this response to the comment: “Right!”

Racist comments remained on the Boca Raton Police Facebook page Monday morning, days after they were posted. The police department relies on social media to share news events, but does not email citizens or reporters in an ad-free, comment-free manner. Every other law enforcement agency in South Florida uses email to prevent public comments like the racist comments above.

It’s horrible on anyone’s Facebook page, but for the Boca Raton Police Department to permit this language to remain days after it was posted is, in our view, inexcusable. Black Lives DO Matter, and for a police department to permit this sort of racism and stereotyping on its “official” page is unacceptable.

We again call on Boca Raton Police Chief Michele Miuccio to reconsider how the department interacts with — and informs — the public. The news media doesn’t need special treatment, but we live in a world where official information needs to be official information — not subject to reaction from a cast of thousands with biases.

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Boca Raton Police Chief Michele Miuccio. We call on her to transmit official information in an official manner.

If you’re looking for black males, if you’re looking for white males, say it — but don’t open it up for commentary. How do you do that? You create an email list, like every other law enforcement agency in South Florida, and you use it to transmit official information. Facebook is great for Halloween safety tips. How to cook a turkey without setting your house on fire. But when you’re looking for suspects who committed a crime, how about keeping it professional? Social media has never been more controversial than it is right now. A police department should lead by example in an effort to quell the controversy.

We thank Boynton Beach Police, Delray Beach Police, The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, The Office of State Attorney David Aronberg, The United States Department of Justice, The FBI, the United States Coast Guard, and so many others for the public outreach they execute every day. These agencies realize that the real world still operates using official information transmitted in an ad-free, comment-free manner. We call on the Boca Raton Police Department to follow the lead set by these agencies. Everyone in Boca Raton, or who is interested in Boca Raton, should have the ability to receive official email updates from the police department to know what’s happening — without ads, political bias, comments, or racism.

It’s not about likes. It’s about official information being released in an official manner.

 

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