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    US Cops Under Fire Over Bigoted Posts

    The Plain View Project, led by Philadelphia lawyer Emily Baker-White, spent two years sifting through the public Facebook posts of about 3,500 current and recent police officers in seven U.S. cities to identify signs of bigotry. It found that nearly 100 officers had made prejudicial posts, including racist, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic comments, and many had encouraged the use of excessive force, especially against protesters.

    What are the repercussions? Philadelphia put 72 officers on desk duty while the department investigates whether specific posts are protected by the First Amendment, while a St. Louis district attorney barred 22 officers from bringing cases to her circuit court.

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