Detective demoted over 'racist, hate-filled' tweets

Joeseph Markson - lawyer for Det. Jeff Caplan, charged with a “hate-filled” tweet sent to Ontario...

Joeseph Markson - lawyer for Det. Jeff Caplan, charged with a “hate-filled” tweet sent to Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin - talks to media before a hearing in Whitby. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI Agency)

Michele Mandel, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

WHITBY, Ont. - The twit will probably never tweet again.

Durham Regional Police Sgt. Jeff Caplan tried to be anonymous, to hide his racist and offensive vitriol behind a “prank” account when he angrily unleashed a string of tweets against Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin and Toronto Councillor Janet Davis for daring to criticize police after the shooting of teen Sammy Yatim.

And for that, the 14-year veteran and respected fraud investigator was demoted at a disciplinary hearing from sergeant to first-class constable for the next nine months and must take a workplace harassment course before he can be reinstated back to his detective rank.

Effective immediately, the harsh penalty will cost him $35,000 in lost salary and much more in respect.

The loquacious tweeter was awfully quiet at his disciplinary hearing Tuesday where his only public utterance was “guilty.”

“My client dug a hole for himself and harmed others with his misconduct,” his lawyer Joe Markson told the hearing. “The remorse he’s offering to you is genuine.”

His lawyer blamed “fatigue” for Caplan’s vicious tweets unleashed last July using an account he’d created under the fictitious name Joe Mayo.

“You sir are a complete douche bag!” Caplan wrote of the ombudsman. “Why don’t you stick your big French nose up your ass instead of business it doesn’t belong.”

In a second tweet, he wrote, “@Ont_Ombudsman is a carded member of Al Qaida.”