A Florida police department is to investigate an incident in which a former civilian employee engaged in a furious antisemitic rant, telling an elderly man: “Move your f***ing car, you stupid Jew.”
A video of Leslie Socolov, 64, a retired police stenographer with the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), went viral after being posted on Twitter by an online antisemitism watchdog. Wearing her uniform jacket on which “Miami-Dade Homicide” was clearly visible, Ms Socolov was filmed in a restaurant car park in Boca Raton, screaming at the 78-year-old man.
Ms Socolov was seen running to the SUV and telling the driver: “Move your f***ing car, you stupid Jew!” Slurring her words and appearing unsteady on her feet, she continued: “You f***ing piece of s***. Just because you’re Jewish and a Democrat doesn’t give you the right to stay there. Move it!”
Prior to her rant, Ms Socolov had allegedly rammed the SUV with her Prius. The SUV driver called emergency services. Ms Socolov was arrested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office.
Denying that she was antisemitic and claiming that she was Jewish, Ms Socolov said, “I’m not antisemitic, I’m getting persecuted,” adding: “Look at these Democrats getting away with bulls***.”
In a statement, MDPD condemned its former employee of 20 years and said that it was investigating. It described the “hateful speech” as “appalling”.