- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Boston police officer has been placed on leave after a local news team revealed he’s the man behind an offensive public Facebook page.

Officer Jason Barriteau, of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, disguises himself online as “Al Sharpton” and targets people of different races, religions and sexual orientations, the ABC affiliate reported.

At least two of his posts made fun of people with Down syndrome. One post showed an image of a man titled “The Rape Train Stops for No One.”

“As I flipped from one picture to the other it was so offensive on every front,” MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott said of Officer Barriteau’s page. “This is what you call just plain old deliberate, you knew what you were doing, it’s just totally unacceptable. You know, it was blatant.”

The station reported that Officer Barriteau is posing in one picture wearing a T-shirt with the Pillsbury Doughboy sporting an Adolf Hitler mustache, and the words “White Flour.”

The regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, Robert Trestan, called the doughboy T-shirt “highly offensive.”

“It brings up all the memories of the millions of people who were killed during World War II. Some of the photos project racism and some of the photos project anti-Semitism and it’s concerning,” he said.

MBTA officials said most of the posts are clear violations of the Transit Police Department’s social networking policy, the station reported. Officer Barriteau is on paid administrative leave.


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