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Monday, March 16, 2015

Chief Greg Suhr Moves to Fire Cops Who Wrote Racist, Homophobic Text Messages

Posted By on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 10:12 AM

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San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr is pretty outraged over the news that some of his officers were swapping text messages that contained homophobic and racist remarks —  and now he has big plans to terminate those officers. 

ABC News reports that the chief has made this issue his no. 1 priority this week after the texts came to light during a bail hearing for former Officer Ian Furminger who was convicted for stealing money and drugs from suspects.

The text messages, which date back to 2011 and 2012, were discovered on four officers' personal phones over the weekend.

San Francisco Attorney Tony Brass, who is representing Michael Robison and Michael Celis, two of the four officers under investigation, tells the news station that his clients are "very remorseful." 

"They accept responsibility and they are very remorseful for comments and the best way to put it is they are ashamed," Brass said.

ABC 7 News got its hands on court documents that show the offensive text messages, which included slurs and insults against blacks, Hispanics and gay people. One message from November 9, 2011 reads, "do you celebrate Qaunza at your school? Yeah we burn the cross on the field. Then we celebrate Whitemas."

In another message sent on April 18 2012, one of the officers wrote: "20,000 bees are in Vacaville near school, but they are not dangerous like black people."

Needless to say, Suhr is disgusted by the messages, calling them totally unacceptable. "My expectation is the police commission will share my desire to terminate these people from the police department and act upon it. If you have character that is incompatible with that of a police officer what's expected of a police officer then you shouldn't be a police officer."

The four officers have been reassigned to positions where they do not have contact with the public. In the meantime, the police department is interviewing anyone and everyone believed to be involved, ABC 7 reports. 

Stay tuned. 

[via ABC 7]
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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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