Blogger's cop-killer support page removed from Facebook

Posted: August 28, 2012

A FACEBOOK page called "I Support Chancier McFarland & Rafael Jones" - the two alleged cop-killers who gunned down Officer Moses Walker Jr. on Aug. 18 - sparked outrage among law-enforcement authorities before it was taken down Sunday.

It was created by former Philadelphia restaurant worker Joshua Scott Albert, who became infamous as the creator of the Staph Meal blog, which criticized the restaurant industry.

And, as if that's not enough, Albert also launched a Facebook page earlier this month called "Kill Mitt Romney."

The U.S. Secret Service in Washington said that it was aware of the "Kill Mitt Romney" Facebook page. An employee said no one was available Sunday to comment further.

The anti-police page, which showed two gruesome images of police officers, one headless and the other with no hands, outraged Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 President John McNesby.

"It's disgusting," he said Sunday. "He's a little punk. He's going to get his day."

Commissioner Charles Ramsey said of Albert: "He's a pitiful, insignificant individual."

Albert, 26, confirmed Sunday that he created the page and called it "a side little project" of his Staph Meal blog.

"I'm showing support for these two men," Albert said of McFarland and Jones, adding that they have not yet gotten their day in court.

Asked if he was supporting that Philadelphia cops get killed, he said: "It can appear that way.

"Sure, why not?" he added. "Why not? I don't mind.

"I would never do it [kill a police officer]," he said.

Albert said that he created the page as "social commentary" and not to gain fame. He said he wondered why it took cops only a few days to identify the alleged killers of Walker when the city has "so many unsolved murders."

A $118,000 reward was offered for information leading to Walker's killers.

McNesby said that he talked with District Attorney Seth Williams on Saturday, and that Williams' office will look into whether it could charge Albert with harassment or terroristic threats.

McNesby said that he tried to reach out to Facebook to get the page taken down, and another page, "Remove The Cop Killers Support Page," drew more than 10,000 followers Sunday before Albert's page was removed.

"The page is DOWN!" the anti-Albert page proclaimed about 6 p.m.


Contact Julie Shaw at shawj@phillynews.com or 215-854-2592. Follow her on Twitter @julieshawphilly.

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