- The Washington Times - Monday, August 1, 2016

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton is asking Detective Gregory Gordon to return his medals and nominations to the department amid an investigation into comments he made online insulting the commissioner, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Mr. de Blasio’s wife.

Mr. Gordon, a vocal Donald Trump supporter, went on a Facebook rant when Commissioner Bratton declined a request by the Republican presidential nominee to speak at a precinct, the New York Daily News reported.

“If this is true, Bratts can take our medals and shove them up his A$$,” Mr. Gordon wrote last month.

On Monday, the commissioner said he is going to write a letter to Mr. Gordon ordering him return his awards.

“I understand one of his Facebook entries was that he was very desirous in returning his various medals and nominations to me, so I am basically going to encourage that he forthwith return all those medals and citations. We will ensure that they are removed from the proper records,” Commissioner Bratton said, the Daily News reported. “If he feels so dishonored as a member of the New York City police department, we will help him continue to make a fool of himself.”

In other posts, Mr. Gordon called Mr. de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, a “former crack addict” and described civilians as “sheep.”

The detective has been under investigation since Friday for the comments, the Daily News reported.

“I’m very concerned about his future, that the inferences and references made on that Facebook would subject him to very significant interrogation by defense attorneys, as to what his biases are, what his issues are with certain members of our community,” Commissioner Bratton said Monday. “So he has basically made a fool of himself, in a very public place.”

The commissioner said the department’s procedures “are very specific as to what officers can and cannot do on social media,” the Daily News reported.

“This is something we will treat very seriously,” he said.

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