San Francisco Police Department officers under investigation for racist, anti-gay texts

By Junior Mayema,

That is why homophobia=racism, same hatred that breeds intolerance that result to discrimination and prejudices, it is so appalling that this is happening where we are with the people who have a mandate to protect people, It is so unbelievable that some people even continue to tell me that what happened in Ferguson was not racism and continue to try to justify police brutality that continue to brutally end the innocent lives of black children and black men in America.  Government institutionalized racism and homophobia must end and NOW here is the entire story below :

SFPD officers under investigation for racist, anti-gay texts

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San Francisco – An investigation has been launched into racist and anti-gay text messages sent by four San Francisco police officers, and the city’s district attorney has announced a review of every prosecution within the past 10 years involving the officers.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the four officers involved in the scandal that has rocked a city known for its tolerance have all been on the force for at least a decade. They have been identified as Michael Celis, 47, Rain Daugherty, 40, Michael Robison, 46, and Noel Schwab, also 46.
San Francisco public radio station KQED first reported on the disturbing text messages, which were revealed last Friday in a federal court motion involving former San Francisco police Sgt. Ian Furminger, who is facing 41 months in prison following a December conviction for wire fraud and conspiracy.
The text messages contain racist language against blacks, Latinos, Filipinos and gays, with some of them directed against specific SFPD officers. They were sent to and from Furminger, and while the court document reveals the contents of the texts, it does not identify which officer sent which texts. Here is a sampling, with all spelling and grammar errors left uncorrected:
“I hate to tell you this but my wife friend is over with their kids and and her husband is black! [He] is an attorney but should I be worried?”
“Get ur pocket gun. Keep it available in case the monkey returns to his roots. Its not against the law to put an animal down.”
“Well said!”
“U may have to kill the half breed kids too. Don’t worry. Their an abomination of nature anyway.”
***
“Niggers should be spayed.”
“I saw one an hour ago with 4 kids.”
“See, that would be four less.”
***
“We got two blacks at my boys school and they are brother and sister! There cause dad works for the school district and I am watching them like hawks.”
“Do you celebrate qaunza at your school?”
“Yeah we burn the cross on the field. Then we celebrate Whitemas! It’s worth every penny to live here away from the savages.”
***
“The buffalo soldier was why the Indians wouldn’t shoot the niggers that fought for the confederate They thought they were sacred buffalo and not human.”
“They were not far off Marley was a nigger.”
***
“I can’t imagine working At costco and hanging out with filthy flips. hate to sound racist but that group is disgusting.”
***
“White power… I still hate black people.”
***
“I am just leaving it like it is, painting KKK on the sides and calling it a day.”
“Cross burning lowers blood pressure! I did the test myself!”
“So do I. Every camping trip I burn an image of the prez.”
“There shouldn’t be any blacks.”
“All niggers must fucking hang.”
***
“20,000 bees are in a Vacaville school but they are not as dangerous as black people.”
***
“You are a total homo. And your gay.”
“Busted up but thats what happens to fags.”
***
“Fucking nigger.”
“LOL And Yolanda Williams”
“Nigger bitch.”
“It was rather shocking to know that there were people working around me that had this type of ideology,” SFPD Sgt. Yulanda Williams, who is mentioned in one of the racist texts, told KQED. Williams, who is president of Officers for Justice, an SFPD officers’ association dedicated to advocating for minority civil rights, said she was shocked “to know that there were people working around me that had this type of ideology.”
“When I read it, it was very apparent to me that the messages were that of Ku Klux Klan, white supremacy ideology,” added Williams. “And I found them to be despicable, sickening, unacceptable, heart-wrenching conduct by members of a noble profession of policing.”
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, who told NBC Bay Area, “it makes me sick to my stomach to even have these guys around,” told KQED the department will review its hiring and training procedures in an attempt to root out bigoted individuals.
“We will look at the hiring/background processes to identify how anyone capable of statements of such extreme bias could be hired as police officers in the first place,” Suhr texted KQED. “We have training scheduled on implicit bias and we will be doing more.”
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón issued a statement in which he said he was “deeply disturbed” by the revelations, and that he would review all prosecutions involving the four officers over the past decade.
“There is no place for bigotry in San Francisco,” Gascón’s statement said. “In order to ensure our criminal justice system is fair and equitable, my office is conducting an immediate assessment of every prosecution within the past ten years where these officers were involved.”
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee weighed in on the scandal in a statement issued on Monday.
“It is both shocking and disturbing to hear that four San Francisco police officers are under investigation for such heinous and despicable statements,” Lee’s statement said. “The content of these text messages displays a bias that is incompatible with the values of our City and incompatible with the ability to perform sworn duties as a police officer.”
Lee added that expected the officers involved to be terminated “if these statements are attributable to any San Francisco police officer.”
San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi went a step further, calling for a Ferguson, Missouri-style US Justice Department probe of what he called the SFPD’s “deeply-rooted racism.”
“These texts display deep-rooted racism within members of the San Francisco Police Department,” Adachi said in an interview Monday. “Some of these texts are even more outrageous and hurtful than some of the emails from the Ferguson Police Department report.”
Adachi pointed to the glaring statistic that blacks make up 56 percent of city jail inmates, despite comprising just six percent of San Francisco’s population, as a red flag.
“What is the training that officers receive, and why do we have such a disproportionate rate of arresting and jailing African-Americans in San Francisco?” Adachi asked.
Tony Brass, an attorney for officers Celis and Robison, told the Chronicle the texts were intended to be private.
“No one is suggesting that bigotry and racism in texts are acceptable,” Brass said. “However, these were texts from one private phone to another, intended for an audience of one person. Not many of us would want all of our texts published and to have our entire career judged by our worst comments.”
The Chronicle also reports that three of the four officers involved in the scandal have been in trouble in the past.
Schwab, a 16-year veteran, was caught on video in 2009 threatening to break Zach Stow’s arm “like a twig” if he resisted an arrest for illegal skateboarding.
Robison, a 23-year veteran, faced internal misconduct charges 20 years ago after he was accused of placing a loaded gun under the chin of a suspect and calling him a racist name. The charge was dismissed.
Celis, a 16-year veteran, was charged with four counts of misconduct in 2004 after he allegedly tried to use his badge and a $100 bribe to gain entrance to his estranged wife’s Burlingame hotel room. He was also suspended for disobeying a department order to remain unarmed by buying a gun the day after surrendering his service weapon in connection with the hotel incident.
The four officers implicated in the texting scandal have all been transferred to duties in which they will have no contact with the public.

 

By Vivian HoApril 3, 2015 Updated: April 3, 2015 1:33pm

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Police chief Greg Suhr is seen in December 2014.  Photo: Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle Photo: Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle Police chief Greg Suhr is seen in December 2014.
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said Friday that he will seek to fire seven of 14 officers accused of sending and receiving racist and homophobic text messages that came to light during a federal corruption probe.
An eighth officer deserves to be fired, Suhr said, but has already resigned.

The chief said his department, which has concluded its investigation into the text messages, found that all 14 officers had violated department policy “to varying degrees.”

“There is no place in the San Francisco Police Department — and shouldn’t be in any police department — for a dishonest cop,” Suhr said. “There is also no place in the SFPD for any officer capable of the thinking expressed in these hateful text messages. The officers responsible for the reprehensible texts should be separated from the SFPD as soon as practical.”

The text messages, sent in 2011 and 2012, emerged last month in a federal court filing seeking to keep former city police Sgt. Ian Furminger in custody after he was convicted on corruption charges. The other 14 officers were said to have conversed with Furminger via text messages.

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Federal prosecutors called Furminger, 48, a “virulent” racist and homophobe. In one exchange with an unnamed officer, Furminger asked whether he should be worried that the black husband of one of his then-wife’s friends had come over to his home.

The 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.”

“Well said!” Furminger replied, according to a court filing. “You may have to kill the half-breeds too,’’ the unnamed officer replied, adding: “Don’t worry. Their (sic) an abomination of nature anyway.”

S.F. chief moves to fire 7 more officers over text messages

Police officials said they were barred by law from identify the other officers who sent and received text messages. But multiple sources with knowledge of the matter identified Michael Robison, Noel Schwab, Rain Daugherty and Michael Celis as four of the officers.

Robison, a 23-year veteran of the force, resigned before the conclusion of the investigation.

Suhr said Friday that he forwarded his recommendation for seven officers to be fired to the Police Commission.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/S-F-chief-moves-to-fire-7-more-officers-over-6177739.php?t=71cc761c96f294ee0d&cmpid=fb-premium

 

National report lists two white supremacist groups in Wichita

http://www.kake.com/home/headlines/National-report-lists-two-white-supremacist-groups-in-Wichita–296804611.html

WICHITA — A new national report lists three hate groups based in Kansas and two of those are in Wichita.

The Southern Poverty Law Center listed 784 hate groups across the nation in 2014. The organization says the two in Wichita are both white supremacist groups. These group websites are covered with white supremacist beliefs and history, bringing a mixed reaction from those who live in the metro.

“It is very surprising,” says Willis Coyle. “I realize this is a fairly good sized town and there’s going to be different groups in here that you’re not going to know about, but I’ve never heard of any hate groups.”

“I’m not surprised,” says Leroy Cape. “Unfortunately I’ve seen a lot of things that you just wouldn’t expect but they’re right in your backyard.”

The main Wichita-based group listed is Midland Hammerskins. Their website shows it’s the newest regional chapter of the International White Supremacist Hammerskin group. The second is Crew 38, a group that supports the Hammerskins.

Sunflower Community Action organizer Djuan Wash says he’s heard of these groups, but hasn’t noticed their presence.

“I’m not real sure how much power these groups actually have unless you start to look at some of their leadership,” he says.

Wash says these hate groups aren’t necessarily their focus. SCA seeks justice against institutional racism such as police brutality and court sentencing.

“There have been situations where there have been police officers involved in these types of groups so if you look at those types of things it can be quite scary based on where these types of people are employed,” adds Wash.

Many residents say although they’ve never seen these hate groups in action, it’s sad to hear they are in Wichita.

“You just gotta try to push on and deal with it,” says Debra Rice. “Don’t have hate in your heart.”

KAKE News reached out to both of the groups with ties to Wichita and neither responded. The third hate group listed in Kansas is Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka. Earning a spot on the list for its anti-LGBT stance.

The report shows only five other states with fewer hate groups than Kansas.

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