S.F.P.D. officers are under fire — as many as 15 — for sending a slew of racist text messages that were not only bigoted towards black people and homosexuals, but were actually threatening.
ABC7 out of San Francisco revealed the investigation that has already named former Sgt. Ian Furminger, convicted in late 2014 of public corruption, as well as Michael Robison, 46; Noel Schwab, 49; Rain Daugherty, 40; and Michael Celis, 47, has implicated 10 more officers.
All but Furminger are still working with the S.F.P.D., with the other four names mentioned above on desk duty as the investigation continues.
Just how bad were the racist texts these officers sent? Well, for starters, they referred to black people as “monkeys” and implied that it would be okay “to put an animal down,” referring to them as less-than-human.
Some of the rougher messages sent by these S.F.P.D. officers follow, but you can read the full doc here.
“Do you celebrate quanza [sic] at your school?” Furminger wrote: “Yeah we burn the cross on the field! Then we celebrate Whitemas.”
“Its [sic] worth every penny to live here [Walnut Creek] away from the savages.”
“We got two blacks at my boys [sic] school and they are brother and sister! There cause dad works for the school district and I am watching them like hawks.”
“The buffalo soldier was why the Indians Wouldnt [sic] shoot the n***ers that found for the confederate They [sic] thought they were sacred buffalo and not human.”
“Gunther Furminger was a famous slave auctioneer.”
“My wife has 2 friends over that don’t know each other the cool one says to me get me a drink n***er not knowing the other is married to one just happened right now LMFAO.”
“N***ers should be spayed.” Furminger responds: “I saw one an hour ago with 4 kids.”
“Cross burning lowers blood pressure! I did the test myself!”
“All n***ers must f***ing hang.” Furminger responds: “Ask my 6 year old what he thinks about Obama.”
“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 S.F.P.D. officer, responds: “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: “Well said!”
Responding to a fellow African-American S.F.P.D. officer’s promotion to sergeant, Furminger: “F***in n***er.”
Furminger insists that some of his best friends in the world are black or gay as well as Chinese, Asian, and Hispanic, and that the racist text messages were meant to be funny, though he did apologize for anyone he might have offended.
Still, do you think these S.F.P.D. officers’ text messages were meant in jest? And regardless, do you think this is proof racism is a real problem in police departments across the nation? Also, should it be a crime for a public official to say these things? Sound off in the comments section.