October 31, 2018
The Philadelphia Police Department confirmed Wednesday afternoon it was investigating a photograph that allegedly depicts one of its officers in blackface.
Khalif was among several local activists who learned overnight Wednesday that Nguyen allegedly posted the photo on his own Facebook page.
Meet Philadelphia Police Officer Hung Nguyen badge number #6659 posted this picture of him in blackface on his fb page. I'm asking Commissioner Richard Ross to immediately fire the officer. @PPDCommish pic.twitter.com/pTZw87KzIN— Asa khalif (@AsaKhalif) October 31, 2018
Khalif said he “personally asked” police Commissioner Richard Ross to publicly denounce the photo and take action against the officer. The activist said he’s heard “the officer was asked to hand in his gun and left for today,” but that could not be independently confirmed.
"Commissioner Ross can no longer deny the racism and anti-blackness in his police force,” Khalif told PhillyVoice. "I'm asking the commissioner to suspend and fire the officer. No delay!"
Police officials said they were aware of the photograph.
"The photo is being investigated," the department's public affairs unit responded when asked for comment about Khalif's post.
A request for comment from the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 was not immediately returned on Wednesday.
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