Here’s another person we want protecting our communities and keeping the peace. WCVB reports that a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Police Officer by the name of Jason Barriteau is the man behind an offensive Facebook page that attacked LGBT people, Jews, women, and people of different colors and races.
Barriteau created the page under the alias of Al Sharpton, and WCVB said that most of the images posted by Barriteau were too offensive to be shown on the air. However, several of the images they did show were of him mocking people with Down Syndrome, homosexuals, transgendered people, and image macro titled “The Rape Train Stops for No One.”
The quality of the community really comes through with the comments that attacked obese people, Hispanics, and Asians. In one picture, Barriteau wears a T-shirt with the Pillsbury Doughboy sporting an Adolf Hitler-style mustache, the words “White Flour” around it.
As verbose and opinionated as he was online, he had decided little to say in real life. When WCVB’s Kathy Curran caught up with Barriteau as he was getting into his car, he declined to talk to her:
I know who you are, I’m not going to say nothing to you, so I’m all set.
Robert Trestan, the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, told WCVB that the Pillsbury Doughboy T-Shirt was very troubling:
It brings up all the memories of the millions of people who were killed during World War II. Some of the photos project racism and some of the photos project anti-Semitism and it’s concerning.
The general manager of the MBTA, Beverly Scott, told WCVB that she was “shocked” to learn about Barriteau’s Facebook page; the MBTA social media policy prohibits officers from posting racist, sexist, or other objectionable material.
“That’s the best way I could describe it,” she recalled. “As I flipped from one picture to the other it was so offensive on every front. This is what you call just plain old deliberate, you knew what you were doing, it’s just totally unacceptable. You know, it was blatant.”
And just in case you were doubting Barriteau was a kind and gentle soul, he was given immunity in 2003 after he was on the scene while another officer beat a homeless man.
Barriteau is, of course, currently on paid administrative leave.
You can watch the WCVB report below: