Originally published on April 6, 2015, at NationofChange.org
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr suspended eight officers for sending racist text messages and has recommended their immediate termination from the department. According to the police chief, at least 14 officers and department employees have been caught exchanging racist and homophobic texts regarding coworkers and citizens. The violent tone of the text messages has prompted San Francisco County prosecutors to re-examine over 1,000 criminal convictions involving these suspended officers.
On Friday, SFPD Chief Suhr announced that he has requested a police oversight committee to approve firing the suspended officers. Their text messages included racial slurs and bigoted remarks against blacks, Mexicans, Filipinos, and gay men. They also included references to cross burning and lynching.