Niles Cops Sent Racially, Politically Charged Emails: Report

The Journal & Topics newspaper reports several Niles police officers sent the emails, sparking a Board of Ethics inquiry.


Offensive emails sent by several Niles police officers are the center of a Niles Board of Ethics inquiry, the Journal & Topics reports.

The newspaper confirms emails sent through village computers from 2009-2012 by Division Commander Dennis McEnerney, Chief Dean Strzelecki and Police Sergeant Thomas Fragassi were the subject of a complaint filed last year. One email sent by Strzelecki from his personal to his village of Niles email account showed anti-Obama bumper stickers with the following phrase: “Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing an idiot.” Violations of the Niles Code of Ethics were not breached, although police personnel have since been ordered to undergo sensitivity training, the newspaper reports. 

Melissa Amato May 08, 2013 at 12:45 PM
How come nobody writes about the Muslim woman praying on the floor of the Niles Public Library. Is this what we want in this country? This is where our focus should lie.
Kristen May 08, 2013 at 11:55 PM
And how is this offensive? Who is offended? If there are no violations, then why is this even a story?
Carol May 09, 2013 at 11:46 AM
Are police not given the right to express their personal opinion or to forward a joke. Stay out of others business, as long as he is doing his job professionally and properly when on duty it is no ones business.
Harry Gio May 09, 2013 at 12:15 PM
With all the crime out there, now we have police investigating police OVER A BUMPER STICKER? Really??? Wow! I wonder how many millions of dollars were spent for the "Bumper Sticker" investigation... That, I must say, definitely took a BIG bite out of crime! And now these officers are being subjected to Sensitivity Training because of an e-mail featuring a BUMPER STICKER... What a bunch of NONSENSE!!! There is a GAG website called PrankPlace.com and they sell millions of Obama parody gags and NOBODY says a thing... This "Bumper Sticker" e-mail is apparently some sort of vendetta by a former police officer that NOBODY liked and was demoted before pouting like a little girl and then quitting... Can you guess who? You won't need to bring in Lt. Kojak for this one, Baby.......
Carol May 09, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Harry, I completely agree but sorry no guesses from me. I do wonder why if the person that found this is so sure that it is wrong is not standing up openly and making the statement. Just what and whom are they hiding from? (FOOD FOR THOUGHT)
Carol May 09, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Please don't tell me it's bureaucrats wasting OUR time and money and that it's politics. We, the People are allowing it to happen and unless we let OUR elected officials know exactly what they were sent to do but they will continue to waste each and every dollar from us that has not even been received yet. The waste is that we are not demanding that they were elected to represent us and they are not doing it. The president is not doing what is best for We the People nor is he doing what the oath of office he took and swore to defend and represent. It is a very sad country we are living in when our "employees" can not and will not do what is RIGHT and we do not get t he chance to FIRE them on the spot.
Doug Bressler May 09, 2013 at 02:41 PM
What the officers did was inappropriate. You should not use work computers for inappropriate emails, pictures, communications, etc. I don't care what they do with their personal PC's or email, but when using work equipment, be professional.
John P. May 09, 2013 at 06:05 PM
I agree with Doug 100%
Bob G May 09, 2013 at 07:05 PM
I thought that was actually a funny bumper sticker. People send this stuff around all the time. Who cares. Its humor.
Doug Bressler May 09, 2013 at 07:37 PM
It might be funny, but on a work PC. That is inappropriate.
Jane May 09, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Did anyone click on the link and read the entire journal article? Its more than just a funny bumper sticker
John P. May 10, 2013 at 02:03 PM
I did and you are correct.
We Love Niles May 11, 2013 at 06:03 AM
Just how accurate is the Journal on line - the link attached to this article needs a little proof reading. Their words - not mine - "Another email sent from Niles Police Sgt. Thomas Fragassi’s village of Niles email address in August 2013 to eight village email addresses, most of which were police, compared President Barack Obama’s policies to “dog poop.”" If I am correct - we are in May of 2013 not August of 2013 as the above reads. Can we now start to question the Journals credibility - of course not - just a typo. Please - yes it was not right to send such emails out on village computers, we all know that - but who has not received and sent emails that you thought of as funny at the time to people in your own address book. We are all human - it happens. If this is the worst that can happen - I guess that we are all pretty lucky. Let us move on.
Chang May 12, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Is it ok to say n words today? I dont like being ridiculed for my heritage


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