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The shock jock heard ‘Round the world—And in NYPD, too

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It’s been called the “Imus virus”—people across the country repeating the infamous last words of radio shock jock Don Imus, always with equally dismal results.

In Brooklyn, three female police officers filed a federal lawsuit against the New York City Police Department after a sergeant rallied them during roll call with “Stand up, hos.”

Then, because bad ideas love company, a fellow officer stood up and said, “They’re not just hos. They’re nappy-headed hos.”

Two of the plaintiffs are black, and the third is Hispanic. The department transferred the two offending officers and stripped the sergeant of his supervisory duties.

Advice: It may be time to dust off the harassment and discrimination policies for a refresher course. Call it an “Imus vaccine.” 

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