March 13th, 2015

San Francisco Police Officers’ Racist Text Messages Released

On March 13, 2015, a flurry of racist text messages sent between several members of the San Francisco Police Department were released as part of an ongoing investigation into a corruption scheme involving Ian Furminger, one of the main officers also involved in the text scandal. The messages, that were “supposed to be funny” and “not to be broadcast on the news” according to Furminger, involved several references to cross burning, lynching, and many homophobic and racial slurs.

As many as fifteen police officers were immediately put under investigation, after which San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr called for the dismissal of seven of them. The San Francisco District Attorney and Public Defender’s offices each began their own investigations announcing the need for thousands of cases to be reviewed for potential biases in these officers’ conduct.