Former San Francisco officer, who was involved in racist text message scandal, resigns
According to Anthony Brass, attorney of a 46-year-old Michael Robison, one of the four San Francisco officers under investigation for sending racist and homophobic texts, resigned on Wednesday.
The racist text messages between 2011 and 2012 were targeted on gays and minorities which were referred as savages. The African Americans were referred with the N-word and Mexicans and Filipinos were among the other minorities that were targeted in the messages.
An epithet used to describe the homosexuals was also used in the text messages. The messages also highlighted that the homosexuals will be spayed like animals.
Robison, who is a gay police officer, came under intense pressure after word of the texts became public. Brass said that Robison would never hand the message back to anybody as he knows what it is like to be in the wrong end of discrimination.
Ian Fuminger, another former San Francisco police officer who was involved in the text message scandal, was recently sentenced on charges related to corruption. The other three officers involved have not been named by the police yet.
The San Francisco Police Officers Assn. said the messages are humiliating and disgraceful to the community they serve. Mayor Edwin Lee and San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr want the other three officers and Robison to be fired from the working community.
Brass mentioned that according to Suhr, the possibility of Robison having real future after the scandal is zero. According to Police Officers Association President Martin Halloran, at least 10 additional officers are under investigation.
Jeff Adachi, a public defender, asked the department to allot more minority officers to work in their own communities. He also wants that the officers must be given 24 hours of bias training.
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