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William Thrasher, a white cop in the 22nd District, at 17th and Montgomery, has been put on desk duty after an article written by a Temple University student quoted him describing his disgust for black people in the district where he works, likening them to animals and calling their problems "typical n---- s---," or "TNS," during a ride-along with the student Jan. 30.
The article enraged The Guardian Civic League, an organization of black Philadelphia police officers, which is calling for his dismissal.
"[Thrasher] took an oath to protect all people," said Rochelle Bilal, who heads the group. "If that's the way he feels about black people, then he needs to be off our streets."
The police Internal Affairs department is investigating. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said that that kind of inflammatory rhetoric will not be tolerated within the department.
"I'm not happy with this at all," he said. "I take this very, very seriously. It's not supposed to happen. You can't serve people you don't respect."
A Denver sheriff's deputy who pleaded guilty to a charge of animal cruelty for using Mace on a rabbit continues to oversee inmates at the Denver County Jail.
Alvin Perez, 41, was suspended for two months without pay and then was reinstated, said people familiar with the case. The date of his reinstatement was not available Monday.
A criminal complaint says that on May 28, Perez saw a rabbit near where he was standing outside the Denver County Jail during his break.
He got a can of Mace and sprayed the rabbit for no apparent reason.
Perez pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty and was sentenced in December to one year of supervised probation, a one-year suspended jail sentence and a $500 fine.