BPD brass today announced Joseph DeAngelo, 28, who serves in the B-2 police district in Roxbury, will be suspended for six months for making and distributing a "spoof" video that made another officer seem like a racist.
In a statement, BPD says:
He will undergo significant sensitivity and unconscious bias re-training. He will participate in recruit officer training on unconscious bias, meet with trusted community leaders and perform community service in our neighborhoods. Additionally, the Commissioner will reissue the Department Rule on Non Biased Policing, and increase training on these important issues throughout the Department.
DeAngelo, who has been a Boston cop for four years, created a trailer-like video that featured another officer- who was unaware he would even be in a public video - that ended with a photo of black women dressed in carnival costumes, bracketed with text reading "This summer, black people have met their match."
The video also shows the other officer with title cards reading "Chronic Masturbator" and "Inept Cop."
Police say that after the officer in the video was grilled by Internal Affairs after the video showed up on Channel 25 and then suspended, DeAngelo came forward and admitted he had made the video:
Over the past week, Commissioner Evans, with input from Chief Gross, struggled with what would be the appropriate discipline for the clearly insensitive and immature behavior of officer DeAngelo. It was clear from Officer DeAngelo’s interview that he feels significant remorse for his actions and now realizes the impact that this video had on our community. Officer DeAngelo readily admitted to the conduct and has taken full responsibility for his actions. ...
Officer DeAngelo provided a written apology to the community, and is sincere in wanting to continue his work as a Boston police officer. The department intends to use this incident as a teachable moment to remind all police officers the importance of recognizing unconscious bias and ensuring that they conduct ourselves in a way that reflects positively on themselves, the department and the community they serve.
According to a transcript of his interview with Internal Affairs, DeAngelo said he made the video with some software that comes on the iPhone and that he did it as a joke about the other officer, with whom he said he is lifelong friends.
He added that he included the references to blacks because both work in District B-2, which he described as "a primarily African-American district."
DeAngelo told his interviewers that he distributed the video in a group text message to several officers, including the one in the video, and that he has no idea how it got to the TV station.