Holyoke officer who exposes police corruption in video gets suspended

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Rafael Roca, a former US Marine who became a Holyoke, MA police officer in 2016, released this 43-minute video on Sunday exposing the corruption in his department. He has since been suspended for refusing to take the video down.

"I'm here to make this video to expose the corruption, and the lies, and the injustice that is taking place within the police department in Holyoke, Massachusetts," he says at the start of the video. Becoming a police officer was his "life long dream" but that dream was "quickly affected" and "hurt" by the corruption and racism of police officers, which "goes back to as long as anyone can remember."

He calls out corrupt officers, including the "corrupt police chief, and he is out to get me…" He also talks about the "vast misrepresentation when it comes to minority police officers."
 

Gomez Adams

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Well, I don't know.

You shouldn't be making a video like that without some sort of evidence. However, the fact that they very quickly got rid of him does speak volumes.

Yes, he clearly violated policy, but typically it takes a week or so to be written up, have a hearing and then get the boot. They did him the very next day.
 

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You shouldn't be making a video like that without some sort of evidence. However, the fact that they very quickly got rid of him does speak volumes.

There's a proper way to dismiss an insubordinate employee and then there's straight out firing a whistle-blower because he's pulled back the curtain.
 

Hugo Stiglitz

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Kind of stupid on his part. He should have kept his mouth shut and deep throated their ass to the media and FBI.
 

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I think it depends on what you can stomach. If it's that bad and that systemic, I would have a very hard time taking it for more than a minute, so I get why he did what he did.

The media is definitely the way to go though because they don't give up their sources for anything. But it has to be a real, professional journalist that you go to. Those are pretty rare in this day and age.