3 San Francisco officers face suspensions over racist tweets

AP News
Posted: Apr 03, 2015 1:34 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco police chief says three officers accused of sending racist and homophobic text messages will be suspended, and he's recommending that they be fired.

Police Chief Greg Suhr confirmed Thursday that the department will start the process of firing at least three of the 13 officers under investigation in the scandal, television station KGO (http://abc7ne.ws/19OC8Ip) reports. The suspensions are expected by Friday afternoon, and Suhr says more suspensions will come soon.

Authorities say the texts targeting blacks, Mexicans, Filipinos and gay men were sent between 2011 and 2012.

The names of the officers have not been released by police, but attorneys representing them have identified them as Noel Schwab, 49; Rain Daugherty, 40; and Michael Celis, 47.

Attorneys for two of the officers have said their clients regret sending the messages. Another officer tied to the inquiry has resigned.

The texts were discovered by federal authorities investigating former police Sgt. Ian Furminger, who was convicted of corruption and sentenced to 41 months in federal prison.

Meanwhile, San Francisco prosecutors say they will review dozens of old prosecution cases touched by the officers under investigation.

District Attorney George Gascon said his office will review all cases going back 10 years that the officers were linked to either by writing a report, submitting evidence or testifying in court. Since they were made public last month, city leaders have raised concern that prejudice by the officers may have led to unfair treatment, particularly in cases involving black defendants.

The San Francisco Police Officers Association earlier issued a statement saying the actions were not emblematic of individuals it represents.

"All these racist and homophobic text messages, if true, are disgraceful and humiliating to the community we serve," the statement said.


Information from: KGO-TV.