Philadelphia settled a lawsuit filed by an association of black police officers over racially charged comments posted on a former police forum known as Domelights.com, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Domelights, not affiliated with the Police Department, was a popular forum for officers to discuss crime, police news, and gossip.
Controversial news stories elicited profane comments from users of the site, and in 2009, the Guardian Civic League filed a suit alleging that the Police Department allowed officers to post “blatantly racist and offensive” content. The site went dark shortly afterward. The proposed settlement would require that the city pay for enhanced officer training in antidiscrimination laws. Police supervisors would be required to read the department’s antidiscrimination policy at roll call regularly for six months, until every officer has heard it. That policy includes a reminder that, as public servants, officers must behave appropriately whether they are at work or not.