Justice Department Won't Investigate Cop's Drunken YouTube Rant

Justice Department Won't Investigate Cop's Drunken YouTube Rant

Published June 22, 2009

The Justice Department won't investigate a YouTube video in which an Erie police officer was seen mocking a Black murder victim and his family in a drunken barroom rant.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People asked for an investigation. But a Justice spokesman says the department only investigates a "pattern" or "practice" of civil rights violations, and the April 6 video was an isolated incident.

Officer James Cousins II remains on restricted duty. He served a 10-day unpaid suspension for the eight-minute rant and has apologized to the dead man's family.

City officials say they have received results of Cousins' fitness for duty evaluation, but they don't expect to decide until at least next week whether he'll return to regular duty.

Written by Associated Press

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