Philly Detective Facing Potential Termination For Note Over Rib Bones In Garbage

A Philadelphia police detective is under internal investigation for a letter he taped above the office trashcan.

Philadelphia, PA A Philadelphia police detective is under internal investigation after he left a scathing note for an unnamed colleague who left rib bones in a garbage in the departments homicide unit.

During a press conference on Tuesday, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said he was perplexed by the obvious biases expressed in the letter, which was found taped above the wastebasket on Monday, WTXF reported.

It is very troubling to us. It has been circulated, undoubtedly, around the department and is of significant concern to me, Commissioner Ross said.

I had to read it a couple times to say, wow. I mean, wow was my first response, he added.

The note was penned by a 22-year veteran of the force, who has been removed from the street while the investigation is being conducted, KYW reported.

The department has not released his name.

When approached, he said he wrote it, Commissioner Ross confirmed.

No specific recipient was named in the letter.

In the note, the detective explained that he noticed a distinct odor of beef while he was working in the station, and that he subsequently determined the culprit to be the rotting flesh of rib bones left in the shared garbage can.

Now, in that I have a sense of etiquette and social fluency instilled in me from my upbringing by traditional, caring parents, I am offended by this, the letter read. Alas, that same education prevents me from being upset with you you cant blame a filthy savage for being a filthy savage.

The detective then noted that he believed the officer who left the bones in the garbage did not have as fortunate of an upbringing.

As Im sure you were not burdened by significant schooling, and were birthed to an alcoholic, absent father and a rancid whore of a mother, you simply are ignorant of the fact you are little more than an upright animal, the letter read.

The detective acknowledged that, although the workplace conditions were not glamorous or accommodating, those who worked in the office had a responsibility for making the space tolerable to be inhabited by decent, civilized human beings.

I am not in any manner trying to embarrass you, just the opposite, he wrote. Im here to offer my guidance and assistance in helping you make the difficult transition from a grotesque, primal animal to tolerable coworker.

He then condescendingly offered to provide additional guidance upon request.

Please seek me out for help, in confidence of course, the detective wrote. You dont have to live as the deplorable thing you are.

When the letter was discovered by other members of the homicide unit, some made copies and placed them in other coworkers mailboxes out of concern about the content of the message, WTXF reported.

Commissioner Ross said the language and tone of the letter were particularly concerning because they appeared to indicate a racial bias.

It's because of some of the language that is in here some of which historically has reference to African Americans in particular that's why it's deeply concerning,'' he noted, according to WCAU.

Although the detective has had a virtually clean jacket during his time on the force, he could face discipline up to and including dismissal, the commissioner said, according to WTXF.

We have an obligation to make sure we investigate this in the proper way and we cover all the steps, Commissioner Ross said.

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Danimyl
Danimyl

I have tears I am laughing so hard

JBo
JBo

Alas, that same education prevents me from being upset with you you cant blame a filthy savage for being a filthy savage.

You probably should get a refund on that education...just sayin'.

dbosse
dbosse

You can be busted for almost anything that someone "thinks" is racist. I'd bet a few bucks I could post a comment on Facebook and get called a racist... "I once had a black car and didn't like it because it was dirty all the time and I got tired of trying to keep it clean".

TheDude
TheDude

Based on the apparent hate of meat and the use of the word "deplorable" at the end, would it be safe to assume this individual is a lib?

LEO0301
LEO0301

If you have thin skin, and get upset over this sort of thing, you shouldn't work at a police department. Tell the officer not to do it again and be done with it. But noooooo, they have to release it to the public which now makes it impossible for the officer to get a "fair trial".

Iowa48
Iowa48

Could the Police Commissioner be more specific than "wow" in spelling out exactly what he perceives to be racist in the note by the detective? The note refers to poor behavior which is attributed to a poor upbringing, and which can be displayed by ignorant and boorish people regardless of their ethnicity or origin. The reference to filthy savages is quite obviously a reference to residents of Philadelphia generally, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or country of origin. Historically it has long been a well recognized reference to Eagles fans specifically. I'm not feeling the racism here. It's just Philly. I have to assume the Commissioner must be new to Philly. Really, just wow.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@TheDude do you think the word "deplorable" came into existence a couple of years ago?

hampshire
hampshire

Ribs were garbage If you are upset Take the trash out to bin outside---probably would have been better to wrap the bones before put in garbage -- but garbage is garbage-- how did lunch become political ???

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Get a life commissioner. I saw no racist comment. Years ago, "savages" were American Indians in cowboy movies.. Maybe we need a list of words we can no longer say so we don't offend the little snowflakes spawned by their clouded parents

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 i see nothing wrong with that. If you're not a bitch, you should have no problem saying things out loud that you say behind closed doors.

negolien
negolien

jerkwad yes but I see nothing racial here fkin please...

bob95648
bob95648

Really??? That's what happens when non-cops become cop supervisors. The LT was using the language and vernacular familiar to every street cop in the USA. I'm sure civilians will find this verbage offensive, but civilians don't see what we see and hear what we hear every day. Those civilians who are his supervisors are still that, civilians. They don't get it, and they never will. Bravo, LT, you made your point.

Malinois
Malinois

I dont see anything racist however I do believe the detective has an attitude of being better than the others. Which means he is really insecure in himself by making himself appear more intelligent than the others. I do not believe he should be put on leave or fired as he created his own personal punishment. I believe he owes his department a true apology and needs counseling.

DebCRN
DebCRN

I do not find anything racist that was written, and I was married to LEO. Have a LEO SIL and Stepson, and work as a paramedic for the 911 Ft Worth system.

What I do see is a co-worker that thinks he is much better than those he works with and feels it's his place to belittle, scold and then offer to school them. That attitude is totally wrong.

ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

I see nothing racial in the letters contents. I do, however, see an egotistical, small minded child who feels the need to build himself up by belittling others.

Bill d
Bill d

Since some Philadelphia cops seem to have the power to read minds and know intent, why the hell does my city have so many unsolved homicides and killers walking around?

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

Oh FFS.

angeleyes
angeleyes

OMG, it must be racial because everything said or written by any officer is racial. Really? I don't find anything racial about it's, just blunt and to the point. could he have left out some of the things he wrote, probably should have, but he didn't and has probably had it to the fullest with things like this. I've gotten into trouble at work before for some of the notes i have left. so what. Need leaders who will back their LEOs and not stab them in the back at the first opportunity. Find a good place to work, there are plenty that would be glad to have a detective with 22yrs experience. stay strong, stay safe

angeleyes
angeleyes

seriously? you are either stupid or ignorant or both. So he has an attitude, he's probably tired of having to smell rancid things in the office. SO WHAT. he should not have written some of the things he did, but it's not worth suspension or firing a 22yr veteran. Seems every time an LEO does ANYTHING he's to be fired, put on suspension or made to retire. Bloody higher ups, don't have their LEOs back for anything.

thetriggermanshop
thetriggermanshop

Racism? No. I don't think so. It would be the same thing if it were a smelly Limburger. What it is a lack of consideration for others.

K9ndn
K9ndn

Oh for god sakes. Sad very sad that shit department is going to run off all there good officers over crap like this!!

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

I Love Ribs! So who are the Real Racists, the people who speak their minds without scanning each and every word for fear of being labeled as something other than human, or the people who automatically correlate ribs and other foods with a certain ethnic group?

Janko
Janko

That supervisor must have a very low opinion of Black people if he finds the note to be aimed at them.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

..just wait until someone writes about the left over fried chicken.. OOooh wee !! ..gonna be a hot time in the ol town on that night.

spd522
spd522

I would have written Fuck off across the note and left it at that.