Brooklyn court officer suspended over post depicting Obama ‘lynching’
A Brooklyn court officer was suspended and is under investigation for allegedly posting images that depict the lynchings of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, The Post has learned
Sgt. Terri Pinto Napolitano’s gun was taken away and she was referred to the state court systems’ inspector general for an investigation over the post on her Facebook page over the weekend, which shows doctored images of the former president and former secretary of state.
Titled “The True American Dream,” the post shows Obama hanging from a rope, with the words “We Will Not Yield” and “Your day is coming TRAITOR!”
The second photo appears to show Clinton as she is walked to the gallows by seven people, with the words “IT’S NOT OVER TILL THE FAT LADY SWINGS.”
The post, which has since been deleted, drew a sharp rebuke Saturday from New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore.
“This conduct is abhorrent, by anyone, at any time, and under any circumstances,” DiFiore wrote to court system personnel. “But at this critical moment in our history — when our nation is reeling from the death of George Floyd and its aftermath — it is a sickening and unpardonable offense against every colleague in our court system, as well as the vast and diverse public we serve.”
“We assure you that we have already begun the process and will take every step within our power so that this conduct is condemned and punished appropriately.”
A spokesman for the state Office of Court Administration told The Post Sunday that “Sgt. Napolitano has been suspended for 30 days” and “had her gun taken” pending the inspector general’s review.
She was most recently assigned to Brooklyn Criminal Court, sources said.
Napolitano could not be reached for comment Sunday.
But the controversy drew the ire of some of the sergeant’s colleagues.
“She’s a disgrace,” said one court officer who worked with Napolitano in the past. “Absolutely. You’re going to boroughs where minorities are trying to move ahead and you disgrace the shield. She should be fired.”
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