NEW YORK – A high-ranking officer of the New York Police Department accused of posting hate messages online has opted to retire a few days after being suspended without pay by the department.
A NYPD spokesman confirmed on Monday that Deputy Inspector James Kobel, the former head of the department’s workplace discrimination office, had submitted retirement papers.
The NYPD opened an internal affairs investigation in Koble in November, when it accused Black and Jewish people, women, and members of the LGBTQ community of assault on a message board where officers filed complaints anonymously.
Kobel was removed as Commanding Officer of the Equal Employment Opportunity Division and reappointed the transit unit. Last week, the department placed him on unpaid administrative leave.
Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted on Sunday that the posts were “absolutely disgusting” and “go against everything we’ve done to create a more inclusive police department.”
The head of the Kobel union said the 29-year-old NYPD employee retired to avoid a departmental disciplinary hearing, where de Blasio suggested that if he was found guilty of violating NYPD rules, he would be immediately “terminated” by tax. Be given.
Captain Endowment Association President Chris Monahan said, “Given the current political climate and anti-police sentiment, DI Kobel did not see it possible to conduct a fair administrative trial and decided to take advantage of the opportunity to file for retirement.”
Kobel was accused of posting for over a year using the pseudonym “Cluso”, a reference to the French detective in the “Pink Panther” films.
“Cluso” used vulgar, racist nicknames, referring to several Black public figures, including Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clarke, President Barack Obama and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s son. He ridiculed public advocate Jumane Williams for having Torrett syndrome.
Kobel denied being a “Cluso” when the posts came to light but admitted that Fisco would possibly end his career. In an interview with The New York Times, he asked: Where do I go to regain my reputation? “
The charges against Kobel were detailed in a report of a city council panel. City council investigators linked Kobel to “Cluso” messages by matching information about Kobel’s life and career to publicly available details.
The NYPD’s Equal Employment Opportunity Office is responsible for the prevention and investigation of employment and harassment claims and has implemented policy changes in recent years for lactation rooms, enabling authorities to cover religious heads and housing for transgender officers Has been enabled.
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