Bigoted Texts ‘Disgraced’ SFPD, Chief Says, Vowing Rapid Action

Jaxon Van Derbeken, San Francisco Chronicle, March 16, 2015

The four San Francisco police officers under investigation for sending racist and homophobic text messages have all been on the force for more than a decade, and at least two have faced disciplinary action in the past, The Chronicle has learned.

San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr said Saturday that he could not confirm the officers’ identities under state law, but stressed that he will seek to fire those responsible for the messages. “It makes me sick to my stomach to even have these guys around,” he said.

The four officers–identified by multiple sources with knowledge of the matter as Michael Robison, Noel Schwab, Rain Daugherty and Michael Celis–were transferred to non-public-contact positions in the department last month. The action came soon after the federal authorities in turned over messages in 2011 and 2012 sent to and from former SFPD Sgt. Ian Furminger, who was recently convicted in federal court on corruption charges.

The racially charged and homophobic texts came to light in a filing in federal court Friday by prosecutors seeking to keep Furminger in custody as he appeals his conviction and 40-month sentence on federal corruption charges.

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The oldest of the officers under investigation is Schwab, 49, a 16-year veteran who worked at Southern Station until being transferred by the chief to the department’s communications division. {snip}

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Robison, 46, a 23-year veteran, had been working in the Special Victims Unit when he was transferred to unspecified duties at the SFPD Mounted Unit at Golden Gate Park.

The latest investigation is not the first time Robison has been accused of using a racial epithet. Three years after he joined the force, Robison faced internal misconduct charges related to an incident in which he was accused of placing a loaded firearm under the chin of a suspect and calling him a racial slur, department documents show. However, the allegation of neglect of duty for not being truthful about the incident was not sustained by the Police Commission and was dismissed, records show.

Celis, 47, a 16-year veteran, has been in trouble in the past. In 2004, he was charged with four counts of misconduct stemming from an incident in which he was accused of flashing his badge and offering a $100 bribe to try to get into his estranged wife’s Burlingame hotel room.

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Tony Brass, an attorney who represents Robison and Chelis, called the text messages “unfortunate, to say the least.”

“No one is suggesting that bigotry and racism in texts are acceptable,” Brass said in an e-mail. “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.”

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Prosecutors said the texts are proof that Furminger, 48, is a “virulent” racist and homophobe. They were sent between October 2011 and June 2012 and undermine what they called Furminger’s “fantasy that he is a person of character.”

In one exchange with an unnamed officer in May 2012, Furimnger 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 the prosecutors’ 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.”

“All n— must f— hang,” another unidentified officer texted to Furminger in an unrelated exchange. In another, one of the officers texted “White power” to Furminger, who himself repeats the phrase to another officer in a text.

Furminger gave his own address in a text to a civilian along with the description: “White power family.”

Suhr said he acted as soon as the FBI turned over the text messages to the department, reassigning the officers last month. One officer, he confirmed, was already on personal leave.

He hopes the investigation will be finished within 30 days.

“This investigation is our No. 1 priority right now,” the chief said. “As soon as the investigation is completed, if these statements are what it appears,” Suhr added, he would immediately send the case to the Police Commission and “seek nothing less than termination for conduct and character incompatible with being a police officer.”

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Public Defender Jeff Adachi said Saturday that the department should disclose the histories and confirm the names of the officers because the newly revealed allegations cast doubt on their testimony in prior cases.

“We have a right to this information. It may affect both current and past cases,” he said. “This is hugely problematic–if these officers were involved in active investigations in the last 2½ years, it is relevant and must be disclosed.”

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  • Luca

    It won’t be long now whereby giving a minority a dirty look can be interpreted as a racist crime.

    • Chip Carver

      I thought it already was a crime.

      Well, it seems to be one here in Los Angeles.

      • Hammerheart

        Plot twist:

        Whites are now the minority in Los Angeles.

    • Charles Martel

      I wonder if they believed in equality when the started the job?

  • John Smith

    It would be hard to be a cop and NOT become racially aware of the negro race.

    • JackKrak

      Yep. I’d like to meet any cop, teacher, bus driver, social worker, prison guard, food court worker, public defender, Foot Locker employee, supermarket cashier or emergency services responder that’s been on the job for more than, say, three days and can honestly tell me that they’ve never noticed a difference between us and our more, um, urban neighbors.

      • Robert Smith

        That’s where I got my education on ‘differences’

      • Capn Dad

        Yepper!

      • Weisheit77

        Well, I find you get two types after prolonged periods of exposure to diversity. Some realize that racial equality is the greatest story ever told, but don’t shout it out because of potential repercussions. Others tend to ape them, breed with them, and ultimately become indistinguishable from them.

      • John Smith

        Some seem to do contortions to avoid doing anything that would admit it.

      • Irish

        Familiarity breeds contempt , times 10!

    • TruthBeTold

      Racial awareness is learned through direct contact with ‘diversity’.

      • Light from the East

        Jail is the place full of “diversity”. Anyone will experience a lot if he wants a direct contact to it.

    • Hammerheart

      Even the black cops seem to dislike their own.

  • superlloyd

    If you’re not a race realist and a white cop then you must work in Iceland where the feral negro has yet to make a mark.

    • newscomments70

      You’re about 15 years outdated. Iceland has mosques now. Ireland used to have very few “youths” as well. With the advent of the EU, all white havens were marked for third world immigration. That’s why it sickens me to see so many Eastern European countries scrambling to enter the EU.

      • superlloyd

        Ok, I didn’t realise the plague had spread so fast.

        • newscomments70

          I see Poland grovelling to the EU, it disgusts me. It was such a safe haven, now they want to destroy it. Western Europe is unrecognizable after mass immigration…what sane person would want this?

  • The legal question here is a serious one. Can the government fire you for expressing an opinion? I don’t think so. A private employer can fire you for any reason or no reason. The First Amendment protects speech from government intrusion.

    But the cultural Marxists who sit on the bench today are looking to strip away vast parts of the First Amendment. It’s the old argument that you can’t yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater as it will cause a panic. Likewise, the legal argument here will be that no one will want to work with these cops due to their racism. That’s BS, of course, but the law is what a judge says it is.

    • Jesse_from_Sweden

      Ah yes, shouting “fire” in a crowded theater….
      The new thing is that you aren’t allowed to even say the word “fire” in a crowded theater, even if it is in a whispered conversation with someone sitting next to you and not intended to be heard by anyone else.

  • Fr. John+

    I’ll tell you a memory from my past. As a young 20-something, (1970’s) I went to the Bay Area for a Renaissance Festival with my Girlfriend at the time, and we stayed in San Fran. At At a light, waiting for the signal, sitting in her car on the passenger side, we were face to face with an SFPD car, in a one-way street opposite us. The non-driving Policeofficer was looking at us, and when his eyes met mine, I realized he was leering at me with lust. He was CRUISING me. The thought of a GAY Policeman in that Sodom-by-the-Bay still chills me to this day. With the greater perversity of the Folsom Street Fair now public knowledge via the internet, I’d MUCH prefer a normal hetero male as ‘the man’ to pull me over for a ticket, than one of these perverts, who could use his office for abominations beyond description.

    We have been conditioned to consider psychotic and aberrational freaks as normal. This has to stop.

    • WhiteGuyInJapan

      Gay policeman? Not too surprising. Check out the Village People’s “Hot Cop”.

      • Fr. John+

        yeah, and guess who was the ‘heterosexual lead in that Village People movie? BRUCE JENNER. Talk about long-term conditioning!

    • Robert Smith

      We even have “Christian” churches openly advertising for gay members with their little rainbow signs.

      • Fr. John+

        Robert- Secret Hint. THEY’RE NOT Christians. If they were, they wouldn’t be disobeying Leviticus and the Epistles of St. Paul. If anyone goes to such a sin-a-gog of Say-tan, flee immediately.

      • Charles Martel

        Don’t they know they can’t compete with the Temple of the Gay Bacon Eating Rabbi?

      • Fr. John+

        Of course, they aren’t ‘Christian’ anymore than Elton John is good-looking. Just sayin’…

    • Irish

      Here in Broward County they busted a Homosexuel Cop who was targeting illegal Mexicans. He’d pull them over and threaten them with ICE if they didn’t perform, and of course keep quiet..Beyond Creepy

      • TCA

        They kept awfully quiet about it, too. Link?

        • Irish

          I just googled cop gay predator..Johnathan Blueweiss..

      • Fr. John+

        Ewwww.

    • newscomments70

      Most CA policemen that I have met, dislike gays and liberals, vehemently. I did once hear of a black SFPD who used to rape teenage boys. It does happen.

  • LHathaway

    Somehow I suspect these officers may have been conducting ‘their own investigation’ into racism. All four working for ‘hate watch’ or something, each thinking they are the only one. That, or they really are members of something like the American Nazi party of San Francisco.

    You lie down with dogs . . . well, let’s not insult dogs . . .

  • JohnEngelman

    The four officers–identified by multiple sources with knowledge of the matter as Michael Robison, Noel Schwab, Rain Daugherty and Michael Celis

    – Jaxon Van Derbeken, San Francisco Chronicle, March 16, 2015

    Naming these men for having done something that is not against the law makes them vulnerable to criminals.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      Noel Schwab

      Now that’s a jewish name.

  • LeonNJ

    Something tells me that CNN will run with this for a few weeks and not have one story of the two white children being beat up.

  • IKUredux

    Does the first amendment count for anything anymore? IT IS ONLY THE MOST IMPORTANT RIGHT in the world. Oh, and by, the way, how does anybody have the right to curtail someone’s right to free speech? Who the hell is in charge of this planet?
    You all realize that we are told what to believe, what is the current interpretation of how things should be. You do know that you have every right to disagree with multiculturalism, to disagree with illegal immigration, and, legal immigration.

    Who the hell decided that multiculturalism is a good thing? They now tell us that all cultures are equal. that all races are equal. THEY LIE. We don’t have to put up with it.
    Bottom line: White Western civilization is the best in the world.
    I don’t care if you think human rights come from God. I am simply saying this: Every person on the face of the Earth has free speech. If they don’t, that is a human problem.
    Bottom line: Who the hell gave power to rule over anyone else?
    Consent must be given. There is no longer consent.

  • Weisheit77

    They’ve really inverted moral standards, haven’t they?
    Divorce, fornication, alcoholism, homosexuality, miscegenation, etc. does not diminish one’s character, but say the wrong word in a private and your character is ruined.

    • bv

      1984 that’s all that need said.

  • stedman holder

    But we aren’t allowed to see Hillary or lois lerner’s emails.

  • curri

    San Francisco-worse than Ferguson. 🙂

  • johningermany

    It seems to me that if you have over 10 years in law enforcement, you should be street wise enough not to post this stuff where God and everyone else can read it.