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State Police Begin New Internal Probe -- Courant.com

There are 64 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Jul 17, 2007, titled State Police Begin New Internal Probe -- Courant.com. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

State police have begun an internal affairs investigation into a racially offensive video and still photograph that were e-mailed several months ago among troopers assigned to the state police forensic ...

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enuff

Broad Brook, CT

#1 Jul 18, 2007
I am a white, middle aged male.

I've had emails sent to me depicting that white guys can't dance or that they have small sexual organs etc....what can I say?, they make me laugh. Some people can take it, others can't. But even worse are the people that laugh, and then cry "foul" when it's convenient for their purpose. It doesn't matter if they are white, hispanic, black etc. One minute your joking and everyone is laughing, the next your name is listed on a CHRO complaint. I hope that is not what happened here.

Forwarding a Carlos Mencia, SNL, or a Dave Chappelle skit to a friend on his personal computer is commonplace. Or laughing at the water cooler about them is also common.

These are inherently racist too, no? Funny as hell though. I just don't see how the State can go after people for things on there personal computer. State computer, I can understand, but what you send / receive on your personal computer should rermain protected (exceptions of course to various criminal media, i.e. child porn)

Maybe all forms of racial, sexual, ethnic jokes should stop, no matter how true or funny.
lookatthemyoyos

Colchester, VT

#4 Jul 18, 2007
Wow that's Henry Lee's Unit!
lookatthemyoyos

Colchester, VT

#5 Jul 18, 2007
enuff wrote:
I am a white, middle aged male.
I've had emails sent to me depicting that white guys can't dance or that they have small sexual organs etc....what can I say?, they make me laugh. Some people can take it, others can't. But even worse are the people that laugh, and then cry "foul" when it's convenient for their purpose. It doesn't matter if they are white, hispanic, black etc. One minute your joking and everyone is laughing, the next your name is listed on a CHRO complaint. I hope that is not what happened here.
Forwarding a Carlos Mencia, SNL, or a Dave Chappelle skit to a friend on his personal computer is commonplace. Or laughing at the water cooler about them is also common.
These are inherently racist too, no? Funny as hell though. I just don't see how the State can go after people for things on there personal computer. State computer, I can understand, but what you send / receive on your personal computer should rermain protected (exceptions of course to various criminal media, i.e. child porn)
Maybe all forms of racial, sexual, ethnic jokes should stop, no matter how true or funny.
You send that type of material around the office and get away with it? I am LOVING this whole thing being surfaced in the Courant.
Jay

Dover, NH

#7 Jul 18, 2007
It's pretty clear - it's the CSP's state, we're just visiting.
They write the rules, we obey.
Complain at your own peril.
Punk Postings

Hartford, CT

#8 Jul 18, 2007
surprise punk cops wrote:
What a surprise. Punk cops acting like punk cops. We are used to it in East Hampton.
What a surprise. Punk posters acting like punk posters. We are used to it here in the Courant.
Beth Loomis East Haddam

United States

#9 Jul 18, 2007
Go Steven! Double wide? You are giving them too much credit.

I think there is more to this than I have read.First, I am not a racist and I do not believe that the CSP are either. I get jokes, videos etc all the time. Sometimes I am offended, however I understand the sender is just sending me something that THEY think is funny. I just delete the ones I don't like. It is part of life now a days.

I think this whole investigation is going to be another waste of taxpayers money. Let our Troopers go after the real criminals!
Steven_ saying wrote:
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Nice of you to chime in again from your double-wide trailer. Go back in your hole.

DgD

“Angel of Justice”

Since: Jul 07

military town,usa

#10 Jul 18, 2007
Remember the KKK scandel in the late 70's involving some members of the CSP?? Racism in the CSP...Noooooo, not in Ct.
Farfel

Harwinton, CT

#11 Jul 18, 2007
I smell a lawsuit.
Black CSP Trooper

United States

#13 Jul 18, 2007
The Governor's standard comment that she is confident that Commissioner Danaher will take the appropriate steps in the investigation, is the same thing she said for Commissioner Boyle. Look how those losers Lynch and Boyle screwed us up. This incident, just like the investigation in the New York Report will yield no action being taken. Danaher has already lied about easing miniorities fears about racism in CSP. How did you do that Commissioner Danaher? All of these incidents are brewing and heating up. When is a legislature, Commissioner, or Colonel going to get it. The leadership in the CSP is inadequate, disfunctional and incompetent. Get rid of some people by demoting them, or firing them. And then maybe some of this hap hazard fly by the seat of your pants leadership will stop and also this malicious retaliation that is going on in the department when troopers step up to protect themselves and others.
Bob

East Haddam, CT

#14 Jul 18, 2007
Incredible! Ignorance and intolerance at Public Safety. Godspeed Mr. Danaher, be strong.
ex-cop

AOL

#15 Jul 18, 2007
Why did Coleman wait so long? Maybe he was too up-set. Sounds like rats jumping off the sinking ship. These were personal computers. So much for free speech. Next we will be burning witches..........

Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#18 Jul 18, 2007
You can label the people involved but it would be ignorant to label and entire department.

There are enough groups representing and watching, hopefully things will be addressed appropriately.

Again, this is also another reason why ALL state agencies require some sort of civilian oversight.

DgD

“Angel of Justice”

Since: Jul 07

military town,usa

#19 Jul 18, 2007
Ever since the Lowell Weiker Administration this State has gone to hell...Steady decline in all state depts........Rowland's looking for a job..any offers???

Since: May 07

West Hartford, CT

#20 Jul 18, 2007
I wonder if they were sending this video around:
http://www.ifilm.com/video/2458063
It's a Chris Rock video, beware it contains some colorful language.
JLG

Hartford, CT

#21 Jul 18, 2007
What a shame that people still make excuses for racist attitudes in the workplace and elsewhere!
Mr Man

United States

#22 Jul 18, 2007
They should be disciplined for showing photographs like that. Whoever took the picture of the guy lying in the street obviously staged it because it should have been crack vials.
Who is that

United States

#27 Jul 18, 2007
If you read it correctly you will see, these were not personal computers.... they were personal
e-mail accounts... login on state computers... thank you.
Mimi

United States

#28 Jul 18, 2007
I know John Danaher from way way back and if ever there was a very smart and MORALLY SENSITIVE person it is John Danaher. You just wait and see how quickly a man can act to right moral wrong -- which this most assuredly is. Mark my words.

DgD

“Angel of Justice”

Since: Jul 07

military town,usa

#29 Jul 18, 2007
Mimi wrote:
I know John Danaher from way way back and if ever there was a very smart and MORALLY SENSITIVE person it is John Danaher. You just wait and see how quickly a man can act to right moral wrong -- which this most assuredly is. Mark my words.

If he can CLEAN UP this Dept., I'll vote to put him in the Governor's seat...The State of Ct. is a BIG MESS to CLEAN UP..........
Sick of closet racists

Danbury, CT

#30 Jul 18, 2007
I hope that they throw the book at these guys. As a white male, who was raised to detest racism, it sickens me to read that this kind of stuff still exists in the 21st century.

On a daily basis I have to be subjected to closet racists who tell disgusting jokes with hushed voices, assuming that just because I am a white male I should agree with their sick outlook on the world. When ever I speak up and tell them to keep there filth to themselves I am treated as if I were the one doing something wrong.

The era of racism and prejudice should be far behind us, but it will never be gone as long as people do not speak up when they are offended.

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