9 San Francisco Cops Won’t Face Disciplinary Action For Racist Texts
A group of nine San Francisco police officers who exchanged racist and homophobic text messages with one another likely won’t face disciplinary action because the charges against them were filed too late after their alleged misconduct was discovered, a San Francisco judge suggested in a tentative ruling on Friday.
“Get ur pocket gun,” one officer texted a sergeant who complained that a friend of his wife’s had brought along her husband, a black man and an attorney, to dinner. “Keep it available in case the monkey returns to his roots. Its not against the law to put an animal down… U may have to kill the half breed kids too. Don’t worry. Their [sic] an abomination of nature anyway.”
The text messages called on black people to be spayed, praised white power, and made frequent use of racial and homophobic epithets.
According to KQED, which broke the story, the San Francisco Superior Court judge “appears likely” to approve the officers’ petition to “rescind all disciplinary charges against the officers, purge all documents supporting the case against them and pay each officer a civil penalty of up to $25,000, plus the cost of their lawsuits.”
Judge Ernest H. Goldsmith will hear arguments related to the case on Monday, but said in a tentative ruling that “the one-year statute of limitations period for investigating officer misconduct… serves to both protect the rights of police officers and to ensure the public’s safety.”
Here’s a list of some of the worst texts:
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.”
“The buffalo soldier was why the Indians Wouldnt [sic] shoot the n****** that found for the confederate They [sic] thought they were sacred buffalo and not human.”
In response to a text saying “N****** should be spayed,” Furminger wrote “I saw one an hour ago with 4 kids.”
In response to a text saying “All n****** must fucking hang,” Furminger wrote “Ask my 6 year old what he thinks about Obama.”
I was trying to be nice to you as everyone knows your [sic] gay. I love calling you a f**. Good enough?
You are a total homo! And your [sic] gay!
“I hate to tell you this but my wife friend [sic] is over with their kids and her husband is black! If [sic] is an Attorney but should I be worried?” Furminger’s friend, an SFPD officer, responded: “Get ur pocket gun. Keep it available in case the monkey returns to his roots. Its [sic] not against the law to put an animal down.” Furminger responded, “Well said!”
In response to a text from another SFPD officer regarding the promotion of a black officer to sergeant, Furminger wrote: “Fuckin n*****.”
Protect and serve?!