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An infamous cop forum known for its vitriolic posts has been taken down — after a high-ranking NYPD was unmasked in an oversight report as one of the users making “racist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, and homophobic sentiments,” The Post has learned.
Proboards.com removed both forums on its platform — dubbed “The Rant – LAW ENFORCEMENT RANT” — sometime in November, citing its terms of service that says it can deny the use of service “for any reason or for no reason at all.”
In early November Deputy Inspector James Francis Kobel, who was tasked with handling harassment complaints, was identified as the user “Clouseau,” who was responsible for hundreds of hateful posts, according to a report from the City Council’s Committee on Oversight and Investigations Division.
Kobel, a 30-year veteran of the force who has since been moved to the transit bureau, allegedly described the Bronx DA as “a gap-toothed wildebeest,” President Obama as a “Muslim-savage” and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s bi-racial son, Dante, as “brillohead.”
Cops were also in Kobel’s crossfire. The report says the high-ranking officer called a pair of his fellow female Finest “gutter sluts” and “f–king animals” and referred to a Palestinian-American lieutenant as a “goat-f–king Palestinian scum bag.”
Proboards could not be reached for comment as to why the company decided to take the forum down.
Multiple forums for disgruntled officers have popped up over the last two decades since the first Rant page was first created by the ex-cop Edward Polstein in 1999, which led to a federal lawsuit leading to the forum dropping NYPD from its name, court documents say.
At least two other similar sites remain live, “Thee Rant refugees” on Risingstarpromtion.com and “Thee Rant” on Tapatalk.com.
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