NYPD official reportedly suspended for alleged racist comments while leading anti-discrimination unit
STATEN ISLAND, NY – An NYPD deputy inspector questioned by city council investigators about racist remarks against public officials posted online has been suspended without pay, according to multiple reports.
James Kobel, 50, was the head of the office of the Department against Workplace Discrimination when the remarks were posted on an online forum where police can speak under anonymous pseudonyms. He was relieved of his duties in early November, when the allegations first surfaced.
Kobel denied using the pseudonym investigators chose in an interview with The New York Times, who first reported the allegations.
Messages posted under the name “Clouseau” – an apparent nod to det. Clouseau of the Pink Panther – called former President Barack Obama a ‘wild Muslim’, called Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark a ‘sawtooth wildebeest’ and called Mayor Bill de Blasio’s son , Dante, of “shining head”.
According to a NBC News 4 report, reporters obtained a summary of the investigation, where officials say they linked the messages to Kobel by matching information in the “Clouseau” messages to publicly available details about Kobel’s life and career, including understood, but not limited to: both would have had fathers who died the same year at the same age after serving in the NYPD; their two mothers are said to have died on the same day, both are believed to be the youngest of seven children and have at least two brothers who were NYPD agents; and both are said to have served at the NYPD Housing Bureau under former boss Joanne Jaffe