Well, let's hear from Bill Thrasher, the officer in question who is reported to have made the remarks that the African Americans living in the neighborhoods he patrols are "f------ disgusting" and that their problems are "typical n----- s---".
What's typical s--- is how this scenario can be played out across the country, but in Philly police seem to have made it a work of art.
Well one thing for certain.
Off. Thrasher won't be seen patrolling North Philly again anytime soon.
Whatever situations there are in that community, they don't need racist cops out there making it worse.
"These people are f****** disgusting…It's like they're animals," Philadelphia police officer William Thrasher allegedly said.
Thrasher, of Tacony, is a white cop in the 22nd District who allegedly feels the utmost disgust for the black residents of North Philadelphia - the people he is supposed to serve and protect.
At least, that's a Temple journalism student's take on Thrasher after spending three hours with the officer as part of a school assignment.
Temple senior Shannon McDonald accompanied Thrasher
on a ride along for a journalism college project.
is quoted in the article as saying black people's problems are "TNS" or "typical n***** s***," the Daily News
reported when it picked up the story.
McDonald's article landed Thrasher
on desk duty.
tried to defend his
statements by saying he's
not racist, because he
works with black people.
was assigned to the 22nd District in November 2007.
Police Internal Affairs is investigating.
Bill Thrasher is an officer in North Philadelphia's 22nd police district.
blonde hair is youthful, unaltered by sun or life.
eyes are identical to the sky blue of the uniform shirt he
wears beneath his
jacket and bulletproof vest.
The faint traces of acne on his
jaw reveal his
age before he
offers it: 24.
age is irrelevant in the 22nd district, where the majority of people he
deals with are younger than he
The district's relationship with the community is nothing short of volatile.
"People hate us here," Thrasher
says of the community's distaste for police officers.
"They spit at us."
The region's rocky history with the Philadelphia Police Department
is no secret among the rest of city.
Shootouts, police brutality and tales of each group's hate for one another flood the media and plague Philadelphia's reputation.
There are two sides to the conflict, and Thrasher
isn't ashamed of his
"Of the 19 or 20 homicides so far this year, six were in Strawberry Mansion," he
"Most were in this district."
In the 22nd district, burglaries and drug busts are the norm, but homicides are equally prevalent.
circles the neighborhoods, he
points out recent homicide scenes.
"People in this neighborhood don't care about each other," Thrasher
says matter of factly.
"They'll shoot each other for drugs, for money, for bulls---.
All they care about is their reputation.
They want to look tough."
It's hard to tell if Thrasher's
logic is a defense mechanism for his
attitude toward the neighborhood, or the sentiment of an entire district.
The stories of police brutality are easier to believe when Thrasher
"TNS" is the code they use for many of their cases.
arrives at Arthur's Dog House on Germantown Avenue in response to a midday call about an escalating argument; the cook greets him by saying the fighting couple has already left.
"Nobody died," he
lieutenant drives by as Thrashers slides back into the seat of his
"Typical N----- S---."
Comments like this between two white police officers in a predominantly black section of the city only add fuel to the fire.
So does Thrasher's
implication that because most of the houses in the 22nd district belong to the Housing Authority, there are more instances of violent crime.
insists the reasons behind the prejudices are not as superficial as they appear.
Take for instance, the gang at 12th Street and Hunting Park Avenue.
"They call themselves "12th and Hunt 'Em Down," Thrasher
says with a laugh.
"They're into some heavy s---, and most of them are younger than me."
drives back toward Strawberry Mansion, Thrasher
continues to point out crime scenes, eager to prove his
words and actions stem from 18 months of exposure to black-on-black crime, and not from racism.
stops on the 3000 block of Page Street, a quiet block whose houses are painted every color imaginable.
The car idles in front of 3039, whose inhabitants, Thrasher
says, are a constant thorn in the district's side.
Twenty minutes later, Thrasher
lieutenant are defending their profession again when a mother demands to know why her
two sons are consistently pulled over and arrested.
The lieutenant says it's a result of her
sons' long history with the police.
The mother argues that it's because her
family is black.
The animosity between the black communities in North Philadelphia and the 22nd police district is cyclical.
Crime begets more police, begets crime, and so on, but it is unclear when and where the cycle began.
and another rookie officer exchange a wink and the TNS call after a traffic stop as Thrasher turns in the direction of headquarters to file paperwork.
"I'm not racist," he