Cleveland officer of the year under investigation over alleged anti-Semitic social media posts
A Cleveland police officer who was once recognized as Officer of the Year is under investigation after being accused of glorifying Adolf Hitler and spreading anti-Semitism in old social media posts that resurfaced.
The Cleveland Police Division’s Internal Affairs Unit and an ethics officer began investigating Officer Ismail Quran after the department became aware of “inappropriate content on social media “, said a police spokesman on Tuesday.
“The City of Cleveland Police Division insists that officers demonstrate the highest level of professionalism and respect for all citizens,” a police statement read. “No discrimination of any kind will be tolerated.”
The Quran has been moved to administrative tasks. He could not be reached at the phone numbers listed for him and the police union did not immediately return a request for comment.
The alleged social media posts were unearthed by Canary Mission, which documents people and organizations that spread hatred against Jewish people. Quran either deleted the posts – which date back to 2012 – or made them private.
In a July 14, 2014, Twitter post, the Koran reportedly wrote, “Fuck that Jew,” in response to NBA player Patrick Beverley wishing good luck to Omri Casspi, an Israeli who played professional basketball.
According to Canary Mission, Quran’s tweet included a photo of Hilter with the caption: “LET ME SALUTE TO HITLER THE GREAT. their.'”
In another post from 2015, he allegedly tweeted, “Lol bum a– Jew tried to bully me…don’t try that s— with me.”
In others, he is accused of calling Jewish people “scumbag” and “tramps,” according to screenshots.
Canary Mission said she first went public with Quran tweets in 2019, about six months after she was hired.
“The profile included numerous instances of serious anti-Semitism, all posted after Quran passed his first police officer physical agility exam,” the organization said in a statement.
Last year the police awarded Quran the title of Officer of the Year 2019 declaring at an awards ceremony that he was an ‘invaluable’ member of the police department because he speaks multiple languages and has been ‘instrumental’ in ‘volatile situations where language barriers were present”.
It is unclear whether the department was made aware of his alleged messages at the time of the ceremony. The Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association denied the allegations, saying Cleveland.com that the officer is an asset.
“These tweets are over a decade ago,” Chairman Jeff Follmer told the outlet. “That doesn’t represent the amazing policeman he is.”
Canary Mission called on Mayor Justin Bibb and other officials to “remove such a dangerous anti-Semite from office.” Bibb’s office could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.