A high-ranking New York Police Division official accused of posting hateful messages on-line has opted to retire days after the division stated it was suspending him with out pay. An NYPD spokesperson confirmed to CBS Information that Deputy Inspector James Kobel, the previous head of the division’s office discrimination workplace, had submitted retirement papers.
The NYPD opened an inner affairs investigation into Kobel in November after he was accused of posting assaults on Black and Jewish folks, ladies and members of the LGBTQ neighborhood on a message board the place officers would air grievances anonymously.
Kobel was eliminated as commanding officer of the Equal Employment Alternative Division and reassigned to the transit unit. Final week, the division positioned him on unpaid administrative depart.
Mayor Invoice de Blasio tweeted Sunday that the posts have been “completely disgusting” and go “towards the whole lot we have executed to construct a extra inclusive police division.”
The pinnacle of Kobel’s union stated the 29-year NYPD worker retired to keep away from a departmental disciplinary listening to, the place de Blasio instructed he “be terminated instantly” if discovered responsible of violating NYPD guidelines.
“Given the present political local weather and anti-police sentiment, DI Kobel didn’t see it as potential to get a good administrative trial and determined to avail himself of the chance to file for retirement,” Captains Endowment Affiliation President Chris Monahan stated.
Kobel was accused of posting for greater than a yr utilizing the pseudonym “Clouseau,” a reference to the bumbling French detective within the “Pink Panther” movies.
“Clouseau” used vulgar, racist nicknames when referring to a number of Black public figures, together with Bronx District Lawyer Darcel Clark, President Obama and de Blasio’s son. He ridiculed Public Advocate Jumaane Williams for having Tourette’s syndrome.
Kobel denied being “Clouseau” when the posts got here to mild however acknowledged the fiasco would probably finish his profession. In an interview with The New York Times, he requested: “The place do I am going to get my fame again?”
The allegations towards Kobel have been detailed in a report by a Metropolis Council oversight panel. Metropolis Council investigators linked the “Clouseau” messages to Kobel by matching data in them to publicly obtainable particulars about Kobel’s life and profession.
The NYPD’s Equal Employment Alternative workplace is accountable for stopping and investigating employment and harassment claims and has carried out coverage adjustments in recent times offering for lactation rooms, enabling officers to put on spiritual head coverings and making lodging for transgender officers.