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Warren police officer fired for racist comments on Facebook

City of Warren Police Department
via Facebook

Effective Tuesday, a Warren police officer was fired for making racist comments on social media.

The Warren Police Department confirmed that Anwar Khan's Facebook comments reflected racist stereotypes about Black people. Khan also wrote, "Glad I wasn't born b&@ck, I would kill myself."

Khan was put on administrative leave last week after another Facebook commenter filed a complaint with the police department.

Warren Police Department commissioner Bill Dwyer said the investigation was able to move so quickly because internal affairs made it a priority. He said that Khan received a due process hearing as a part of the investigation.

Dwyer said holding officers accountable for actions on and off duty is a big part of transparency and trust with the people of Warren.

"It’s about public trust, you know. It doesn’t matter if you’re on duty or off duty, this behavior simply is wrong. It’s wrong, and it really creates a great strain on our relationship with the community here," he said.

He said the department and the City of Warren condemn any and all forms of racism.

"This definitely does not reflect the men and women of the Warren Police Department nor the values of the department. I believe that this also demonstrated that we take the appropriate actions that demonstrate how serious we are as far as serving the city of Warren."

Khan's attorney did not respond to a request for comment.

Caroline is a third year history major at the University of Michigan. She also works at The Michigan Daily, where she has been a copy editor and an opinion columnist. When she’s not at work, you can find her down at Argo Pond as a coxswain for the Michigan men’s rowing team. Caroline loves swimming, going for walks, being outdoors, cooking, trivia, and spending time with her two-year-old cat, Pepper.
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