Sep 17, 2020
Police Investigate Racist Tweets From Lieutenant's Account
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The police department in the city that is home to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is investigating racist and other problematic tweets from a lieutenant's personal account, authorities said.
The Cambridge Police Department is investigating the “deeply disturbing social media statements,” it said in a statement to Boston.com on Tuesday.
"While the department recognizes that employees have a right to free speech under the First Amendment, the department will not tolerate statements that are inflammatory, discriminatory and/or disrespectful to any individuals, races or ethnicities that are linked in any way to an officer’s employment as a Cambridge Police Officer.”
The lieutenant suspected of using the account hasn’t been on duty since May because of unrelated reasons, the city said.
The account, which appeared to included the lieutenant’s badge number, has been deleted. Tweets from the account targeted U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who is Black; referred to the Democratic Party as “American Jihadists”; and included retweets of posts critical of Black Lives Matter.
The use of the word “jihadists” in the wrong context is “laden with stereotyping,” said John Robbins, executive director of the Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has offered to conduct anti-racism training for the department.
“Assuming that the Twitter account in question does indeed belong to the officer in question, as the CPD apparently suspects, we’re concerned about the officer’s crude and stereotyped reference to Islam, which may well carry over into his or her interactions with Muslim residents of Cambridge," the civil rights group said in a statement.
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Donald Trump Sued By Parents Of Toddlers Shown In Doctored Racist Baby Video He Shared
Donald Trump is being sued by the parents of two toddlers who were featured in a doctored video the president shared, one made to appear as if the White child was racist and chasing his Black friend.
As The Daily Mail reported, the lawsuit was filed on Thursday in New York Supreme Court, claiming that the person who made the video was acting “beyond the bounds of decency” and that the president showed a “complete disregard for the truth” by sharing it with his 86 million Twitter followers.
The suit is seeking unspecified damages against Trump.
The post shared by Trump was a twist on a viral video from last year showing the two toddlers running to give each other a hug. The doctored version made it appear as if the White toddler was instead chasing the Black toddler. The doctored clip was meant to be an attack on cable news network CNN, as it included a fake chyron that read “Terrified Todler [sic] Runs from Racist Baby” and “Racist Baby Probably a Trump Voter.” The video ended by showing the actual footage showing the friends running toward each other and hugging, implying that it been digitally altered by CNN when it aired.
Instead, it was created by a pro-Trump meme maker Logan Cook, who was also named in the lawsuit filed this week. It ended with a black screen and the words “America Is Not The Problem. Fake News Is. If You See Something, Say Something. Only You Can Prevent Fake News Dumpster Fires.”
The footage itself was later removed in response to a report by the copyright holder, though Trump’s tweet remained up with a link to the now non-existent clip. The footage was also removed by Facebook as it came under widespread criticism for the use of two young children in what was seen as a political attack.
The parents of the two children had already spoken out against Trump and the maker of the video, saying in a June interview that they were planning to explore any legal options available in responding to it.
As The Inquisitr reported in July, Twitter later added a blue label with a circled exclamation point to the post, informing viewers that it was “Manipulated Media.” While campaigning ahead of the 2016 election, Trump frequently said that as president he would loosen libel laws to make it easier for people to sue when they are smeared by the media. But his administration has led no significant efforts to change libel laws, which vary in each state.