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Ulster sheriff has no words for racist post from corrections officer

Dec 08, 2017 1:23 pm
Patricia R. Doxsey reports in the Daily Freeman that Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum has not done anything two weeks after a corrections officer at the Ulster County Jail shared a "seemingly racist" post on Facebook. Van Blarcum told the paper his office was still investigating whether the action violated the agency’s social media policy since a reporter told him about it Nov. 22. On Nov. 20 Charles “CJ” Polacco posted on Facebook: “This morning I went to sign my dogs up for welfare. At first the lady said, ‘Dogs are not eligible to draw welfare.’ So I explained to her that my dogs are mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak English and have no freaking clue as to who their daddies are. They expect me to feed them, provide them with housing and medical care and feel guilty because they are dogs. So she looked in her policy book to see what it takes to qualify. My dogs get their first checks on Friday and can register as Democrats for the next election. Damn, this is a great country.” Polacco did not write the post himself, as it has been circulating online since 2010. Ulster County Executive Michael Hein called the post “racist and sexist” and said, “[T]his particular post was so offensive and repugnant to a civilized society that it cannot go unchecked, and accordingly, I trust the sheriff’s ongoing internal investigation concludes with the most severe disciplinary actions possible.” A Newburgh police officer was fired earlier this year for an Instagram post with a Confederate flag and an image of an individual with his pants pulled partially down. And recently a Springfield, Mass. police officer lost his job for social media comments that appeared to mock people run down by a car at an anti-white supremacy rally in Virginia. While Van Blarcum is silent so far on any penalty for Polacco, he has made noise of his own on the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office official Facebook page. After a mass shooting in California he urged all licensed gun owners in Ulster County to carry their weapons whenever possible, and called for a boycott of a sports league because a few players were drawing attention to police abuses by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.