Not two weeks after it was revealed that police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, made racist jokes about African-Americans on their official email accounts, four San Francisco police officers are under investigation for sending and receiving bigoted and racist text messages.
The damning texts emerged during a court filing by federal prosecutor against former SFPD Sgt. Ian Furminger, who was appealing fraud and corruption charges.
Furminger frequently referred to African-American people as “monkeys” and used the N-word while texting the four other cops about “white power” and how it’s legal to put “an animal down.”
Though he did not confirm the identities of the officers, San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr strongly criticized the accused, adding they will be fired.
“You cannot unring the bell on these text messages — anybody who has sent these text messages should not be a police officer,” he was quoted as saying by the SF Chronicle. “Ian Furminger should never have been a police officer; he’s a disgrace. These other officers have disgraced the department as well.”
“It makes me sick to my stomach to even have these guys around,” Suhr added.
Following are some of the texts revealed in the document:
Last year, the shooting deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, sparked nationwide protests and debate about racism. Many hoped for changes and improvements in the law enforcement structure of the country.
However, judging by the latest streak of police shootings of unarmed or apparently unarmed African-American men, new protests and more startling revelations of prevalent racism in various police departments, it looks like things are getting even worse.