Just when we thought the San Francisco Police Department might have learned something about sending racist and homophobic texts, SFPD is once again taking heavy fire after it was revealed more texts existed, and more officers were involved.
Reports say a criminal investigation has unveiled a series of racist texts sent between 2014 and 2015 which mock the public’s outrage over the earlier messaging scandal.
During a police corruption trial last year, violently racist and homophobic texts sent between 14 police officers from 2011 to 2012 were made public and sparked controversy and criticism of the SFPD from top to bottom.
Police Chief Greg Suhr recommend that 8 officers be fired and the rest be punished.
- In response to a text asking “Do you celebrate quanza [sic] at your school?” Furminger wrote: “Yeah we burn the cross on the field! Then we celebrate Whitemas.”
- “Those guys are pretty stupid! Ask some dumb ass questions you would expect from a black rookie! Sorry if they are your buddies!”
- “The buffalo soldier was why the Indians Wouldnt [sic] shoot the niggers that found for the confederate They [sic] thought they were sacred buffalo and not human.”
- In response to a text saying “Niggers should be spayed,” Furminger wrote “I saw one an hour ago with 4 kids.”
- “I am leaving it like it is, painting KKK on the sides and calling it a day!”
- “Cross burning lowers blood pressure! I did the test myself!”
- In response to a text saying “All niggers must fucking hang,” Furminger wrote “Ask my 6 year old what he thinks about Obama.
Although the latest set of messages has not yet been released for public consumption, the San Francisco Examiner reports that there is reason to believe they are similar to the ones above.
According to District Attorney George Gascon, who told the Examiner Thursday about the discovery of new racist messages, there were at least five officers involved. None of them were personally involved in the previous scandal, Gascon said.
Offering few other details, Gascon said that these were private phones, however the officers involved may have been on duty.
“The N word was used many times. They are of the same nature…as what we saw last year,” Gascon said.
District Attorney Gascon allegedly told Suhr about the racist texts on Wednesday and asked that the five officers be removed from public contact while they are under investigation.
“No one can say with a straight face now with these new text message that they are isolated,” Gascon told the Examiner.
Gascon told the press that investigators found the texts while sifting through thousands of pages of texts for a criminal case (he did not specify which), however Police Chief Suhr disagreed.
The local CBS station reports that Suhr says the department told Gascon about these bigoted text messages last year. According to Suhr, the five officers have either been fired or are on their way to being fired.
“It was never pointed out to us,” Gascon disagreed. “If the department knew about it, it’s a problem that we weren’t told.”
Suhr then fired off at Gascon in a letter, “For you to suggest that you discovered the text messages through your own criminal investigation would be disingenuous. This is not new information as our offices have been working closely on this case with at least three members of your staff to ensure the fair administration of justice.”
The San Francisco Police Officers Union also made a statement on Thursday condemning the “appalling racist behavior” of these officers. “They have disgraced the uniform and their profession,” the statement said.