First, Anti-Black Comments. Now Comments Stereotyping Jews Appear On Official City Of Boca Raton Police Facebook Page…
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Boca Raton Police Department’s social media crisis continues, now with users posting comments that stereotype Jews.
BocaNewsNow.com reported Monday on the anti-Black comments posted to Boca PD’s Facebook page in response to the police writing about a robbery on the Lynn University campus. “Black males. Why am I not surprised!!??” wrote a Facebook user to Boca PD’s post which suggested the perpetrators were Black. “Right!” responded another.
The comments appeared for nearly a week, and still remained for nearly twelve hours after BocaNewsNow.com first reported on the comments and solicited reaction from the NAACP. They were removed earlier Tuesday.
Now, comments that stereotype Jews are on the official City of Boca Raton Police Department Facebook page. Police wrote about a gas station robbery in early October. That led to this response:
“I am thinking these young men are not from Boca, if they were from Boca they would be 85 years old white Jewish men probably finished robbing before 8PM so they can get to bed and not be late for the bagels at the buffet in the morning. Yes, definitely not Boca people.”
Responded another Facebook user: “ya think?”
These comments have remained on the City’s official Facebook page for several weeks.
Boca Raton Deputy City Managers George Brown, Michael Woika, and Assistant City Manager Chrissy Gibson — who oversees communications — did not immediately respond to a request for comment from BocaNewsNow.com. Our questions: what is the City’s social media policy as it relates to discrimination? Why is the police department permitting comments from the public about crime that it investigates?
In Boynton Beach, Police Spokeswoman Stephanie Slater told BocaNewsNow.com that the Police Department uses “filters” on Facebook to make sure comments are clean.
“Facebook has a profanity filter as part of its settings,” said Slater. “We have it set to on.” Slater also said the Police Department makes it clear that Facebook isn’t monitored 24/7, but that “we do our best to respond to messages in a timely fashion.”
An area defense attorney, who asked to not be named, said the fact that Boca Police permits racist, anti-semitic comments to remain for days or weeks could be used to prove bias when it comes to certain arrests.
As we reported Monday — and previously — the Boca Raton Police Department is the only police department in South Florida that does not routinely transmit press releases to the news media, and interested public, through email. Instead, the police department only posts to social media, where users must be subjected to commentary and advertising to see official reports of what the police department is doing or investigating. That creates a unique dynamic — forcing readers to be subjected to opinion attached to official police communication.
BocaNewsNow.com sampled the Facebook pages of several other agencies. There were no controversial comments attached to any post, raising new questions about the City of Boca Raton’s social media policy and its monitoring practices. We expect to hear from the Anti Defamation League regarding the City of Boca Raton permitting comments that stereotype Jews later Tuesday.
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