Yesha Callahan

‘White Power’ San Francisco Cops Get To Keep Their Jobs After Racist Text Messages

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9 San Francisco cops are off the hook when it comes to racist text messages they sent about black people, which included talk of the KKK, white power and niggers, due to a statute of limitations.

Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith ruled on Monday that police officers could not be disciplined because the police department waited to long.

“It is not in the public interest to let police misconduct charges languish,” Goldsmith told the San Francisco Chronicle. “The public has a right to have accusations against police officers be promptly adjudicated.”

“For this judge to say he’s thinking of the interest of the public — is the public expected to go on with their business and pretend nothing ever happened?” SFGate cited Sgt. Yulanda Williams, president of Officers for Justice organization, representing African American and other minorities’ police officers. “We need to stop sweeping things under the carpet and deal with it.”

Below is an example of the texts that were sent around.

The racist officers named in the scandal are Ian Furminger, Michael Robison, Noel Schwab, Rain Daugherty and Michael Celis. Furminger previously was found guilty of accepting cash from drug dealers.

From R/T:

The San Francisco attorney argued that officers could not be disciplined quickly due to concerns that the corruption case against Furminger could have been sabotaged.

The San Francisco Chronicle also reported that a decade ago, back in 2004, Furminger and another officer involved in text messages scandal were investigated for making homophobic remarks towards a suspect while slamming a man’s head into a urine-covered wall. Neither was punished for that either because of the same limitation rule loophole.

San Francisco Police Department Chief Greg Suhr intended to fire eight and discipline six law enforcement officers back in April, but one of the accused officers, Rain Daugherty, filed a claim against the city to the state’s Superior Court. City officials announced plans to appeal the decision.

Three officers recommended for dismissal, Michael Robison, Noel Schwab and Michael Celis, had resigned, although Celis was reinstated in the department after learning about the statute-of-limitations issue.

“We’re confident in our position that we acted in a timely fashion and that the criminal case appropriately took precedent,”Suhr said according to the SFGate. “Anybody capable of the reprehensive [sic] texts that these guys sent should not be police officers, and we will work for that to be the case.”

  1. December 24, 2015 - Reply

    Yeah, I live out here in SF Bay. I’m sick to my stomach. I can’t even talk about it much right now…..

  2. December 24, 2015 - Reply

    This is an outrage. The white racist cops, in this situation, aren’t the only ones who have spewed such bigoted views. Cops nationwide have the exact same anti-black views as those SF police officers. The views of those bigoted cops are biased, evil, and have influenced their decision making process. That is one reason out of many why those racist cops should be fired. Any loophole in the future should be changed, so any like minded situations in the future will not prevent cops (who have spewed racist language in texts, etc.) from being fired. Cops handle life and death situations and we pay their salaries. Therefore, we should never tolerate this.

  3. December 25, 2015 - Reply

    OK, so they’re racists. So what. Can it be shown that they hurt anyone outside their duties? If so, then who the hell cares what their motives are.

    • December 31, 2015 - Reply

      @Robert Gantry

      You are officially and idiot for writing this and clearly didn’t read the entire article.

      • December 31, 2015 - Reply

        @Brown Sugar

        You’re just too stupid to understand a clearly articulated statement.

  4. December 26, 2015 - Reply

    i feel racism should be classified as a crime without a statue of limitations — racism has the power to affect/effect everyone

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