James Kobel Biography — Wiki
James Kobel is a high-ranking official with the New York Police Department who has been suspended without pay and is now the subject of an internal disciplinary process after a string of racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic posts, the NYPD confirmed.
Late last year, an investigation by the City Council connected Deputy Inspector James Francis Kobel to a user under the name “Clouseau.” Under that identity, he routinely posted offensive messages on a public law enforcement message board attacking Black people, Muslims, the Hasidic Jewish community and others with extremely derogatory language, according to a draft report from the New York City Council Oversight and Investigations Division.
The NYPD suspended its anti-discrimination chief for 30 days without pay for allegedly posting racist messages.
James Kobel allegedly posted racist, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ+ comments — one calling Barack Obama a “Muslim savage” — on a forum where police post anonymously. pic.twitter.com/nUCCiLI7Gl
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NYPD confirms James Kobel wrote racist online rants
After two months of investigation, police officials have concluded that James Kobel responsible for combating workplace harassment in the New York Police Department as he wrote dozens of virulently racist posts on an online chat board favored by police officers.
The Deputy Inspector filed his retirement papers late last week as the departmental inquiry was winding down. But the officials said on Monday that they still planned to bring administrative charges against him as soon as this month for falsely denying that he had written the offensive messages.
“The evidence is strong,” said one senior police official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a personnel matter.
“We have no doubt that it’s him”, he continued.
The downfall of Inspector Kobel, who oversaw the department’s Equal Employment Opportunity Division, began over the summer when an investigator with the City Council’s Oversight and Investigations Division stumbled across a series of disturbingly racist posts on the Rant, an infamous chat board.
Even by the Rant’s vitriolic standards, the messages, written by a poster who called himself “Clouseau,” were particularly vicious and racist.
One referred to former President Barack Obama as a “Muslim savage.” Another labeled Dante de Blasio, the Black son of Mayor Bill de Blasio, as “brillohead.”
What we know so far about James Kobel racist online rants
By October, the council’s oversight division, led by then-Councilman Ritchie Torres, managed to identify “Clouseau” as Inspector Kobel.
In a painstaking bit of online sleuthing, the investigators matched up hints that “Clouseau” had left online about his life with details about the inspector’s personal and professional biographies that were publicly available.
On July 1, 2019, for example, “Clouseau” left a message describing how he joined the Police Department on June 30, 1992, recalling it as an “unbelievably hot” night. Using city payroll records, the investigators determined that Inspector Kobel had joined the force on that same date.