San Francisco Police Under Fire for Racist, Homophobic Texts

Paul Elias, AP, May 15, 2015

The original charges were shocking: Six San Francisco police officers were accused of stealing from drug dealers. Then federal prosecutors released racist and homophobic text messages.

Those texts have now turned a small-time police corruption case into a racially charged scandal, thrusting a diverse and liberal city into the national debate over policing in minority communities.

“We now know this can happen in San Francisco,” San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said. “We’re certainly not immune to the problems that we have seen in Baltimore, Staten Island, South Carolina.”


{snip} Three Fort Lauderdale, Florida, police officers were fired last month and a fourth resigned after they were found to have exchanged racist messages about colleagues and the predominantly black neighborhood they patrolled.

In San Francisco, Police Chief Greg Suhr has moved to fire eight officers, two of whom have since retired. Six others also are facing some kind of discipline.

The district attorney, meanwhile, is looking into whether the department’s racial problems run deeper than the officers implicated.

“In the process of looking at the text messages, increasingly I became uneasy that this may not be localized to the 14 officers that were being reported, but that we may have some systemic issues,” Gascon said.


The San Francisco police department hasn’t faced widespread allegations of discrimination since Officers for Justice, a group of minority officers, sued the department in 1973. After the Department of Justice joined the lawsuit, the department settled the case in 1979 and agreed to hire more minorities and women. Nearly half of the sworn officers are minorities today.

News of the racist texts prompted outrage among community leaders. The Rev. Amos Brown, president of the NAACP’s San Francisco chapter and minister at Third Baptist Church, said he wasn’t surprised.

“We have seen this. We have lived this. We have breathed this discrimination,” he said.


At least one of the accused officers, Michael Robinson, is white and openly gay. Another, Sgt. Ian Furminger, is white. Police officials have so far declined to release the racial composition of the other implicated officers.


{snip} Investigators twice searched Furminger’s cellphone, unearthing numerous offensive and racist texts with fellow officers. They included slurs against blacks, Mexicans, Filipinos and gays, and feature officers repeatedly using the phrase “white power.”



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  • I think to the people that run SF and the SFPD, this scandal is a feature, not a bug. Because, the louder that people scream about it, the more that the deblackification of San Francisco is being ignored or forgotten.

    • Speedy Steve

      Enrique Pearce is one of the people who help run San Francisco. www[dot]sfexaminer[dot]com/sanfrancisco/prominent-sf-political-consultant-enrique-pearce-arrested-on-child-porn-charges/Content?oid=2929410
      He made bail.

  • TomIron361

    Lookit, the fact of the matter is no decent people like blacks or homosexuals and that’s all there is too it.

  • Oil Can Harry

    The texts were racist AND homophobic? Must’ve been about Obama…

    • Dr. Rieux

      Let me guess: If a couple of gay men have a baby, he’ll look just like Barack Obama?

  • MekongDelta69

    I have no idea if these cops ripped off drug dealers or not.

    But, just for the hell of it, let’s say they did.

    In $3Frisco, that’s no big thing. (quote: “small-time”).

    BUT, BUT, BUT – Sending ‘bad’ messages about ‘perpetually oppressed, protected classes’ of people – Well hell – NOW we have a “big-time” problem…

    Police officials have so far declined to release the racial composition of the other implicated officers.”

    Gee Beav – Can’t imagine why they haven’t.

  • Curtius Simplus

    And yet nobody even mentions the MILLIONS of times each day the Ghetto dwellers call each other the ‘n’ word …

    • Weisheit77

      maybe you missed diversity class. “Nigga” is sign of empowerment. They took a derogatory term and made it a term of empowerment. Yes, this is what they teach in the universities today.

  • superlloyd

    Racist text messages are worse than murder, rape, corruption and any crime imaginable in this about face world of diversity.

    • LHathaway

      Yeah, I have to wonder if other people of light are being worked on two, and if in the future things will be more blacks vs everyone else than the way they are now, everyone else vs Whites. People of color are intimidated and even victimized by Black and they read the paper and it completely ignores that, instead even focusing on blacks as victims. I don’t know, but I do wonder.

    • Dr. Rieux

      The ability to maintain perspective, to discriminate between the important and the trivial, is a hallmark of intellectual, moral and social maturity. So don’t be surprised that progressives and their pets can’t do it. If they could maintain perspective, they wouldn’t be “progressives”.

  • JohnEngelman

    I am old enough to remember when progressives were in favor of free expression.

    • Tom in MI

      You’re wrong John, even in the sixties progressives (leftists) routinely shouted down speakers with whom they disagreed. Perhaps you’re very old and talking about Teddy Roosevelt.

      • LHathaway

        They label their censorship initiatives a brave effort to support free speech (with them deciding what constitutes free speech/what you are not allowed to say). They prevent speakers from appearing on campus saying they are doing so in order to prevent the speaker from taking the rights away from someone else. Nothing has changed. I’ve said this numerous times. When they act to censor someone or some thing they will top it off by labeling their censorship efforts an act of supporting ‘free speech’. They will literally put the word ‘free speech’ as part of or as it’s only title.

        • Alexandra1973

          Free to speak their tripe but you better not inject logic and common sense.

      • Good point. I kind of implied that by my sarcasm to him. Yes, ever since the sixties, “liberals” have only wanted free speech for themselves.

      • JohnEngelman

        The Berkeley Free Speech Movement of 1964 quickly segued into the dirty speech movement. By the late 1960’s left wing students at Berkeley and other universities were shouting down speakers they disagreed with. In the spring of 1972 the Students for a Democratic Society held a convention at Harvard with the expressed intention of getting professors they disagreed with about IQ fired.

        • Weisheit77

          Thanks for the history lesson. I wasn’t aware of this.

        • My older friends your age were mostly in Vietnam during the time.

    • Gosh, you’re THAT old?

      • JohnEngelman

        How fast the time goes.

  • dd121

    Veeve read your texts. Vat religion ver your grandparents?

    • Speedy Steve

      Salvation Army!

    • LMAO!

  • Jason Lewis

    No more fun.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco prosecutors say they have already dismissed eight criminal cases as a result of racist and homophobic text messages involving 14 city police officers.

    Micro-agressed criminals!

    BAM! Case Dismissed!

    Why don’t the lefties just open all the prisons?

    That’s what the California governor wants.

    • Weisheit77

      Oh well, I take solace in the fact that it will probably be a deluded leftist who is harmed by this. It provides with a morning smile with my coffee.

      Nothing like the pleasure of saying, “I told you so!”

    • Send them all to Texas. Those guys kill perps stone-dead there.

      • kikz2

        if only.


    “At least one of the accused officers, Michael Robinson, is white and openly gay. Another, Sgt. Ian Furminger, is white. Police officials have so far declined to release the racial composition of the other implicated officers.” – Typical. All too typical. There were 14 cops involved and the only ones who’s racial makeup is important here are those who are white. How am I not surprised?

    • DCRealist

      In schools children are taught that the Nazis more or less overnight turned Germany into the world’s most anti-semetic jail, whereas the anti-Jewish laws were more of a creeping incremental set of restrictions that began with small steps — just like whites are experiencing now.

      It’s not realistically possible that the media, heavy with god’s chosen ones who are constantly reminding us of Shoah and all of the events that led up to it, has not noticed it. Is their silence evidence of collusion or just a lazy unwillingness to help whites?

    • They were likely the only ones who were white.

  • WR_the_realist

    Patrolling a black neighborhood for year after year will make any cop into a “racist”.

    • Yeah, and that is only because it is Frisco. Here in Philly it would take a lot less time than that.

      • Weisheit77

        That’s true. I’ve seen stuff in Philly that made think I was in Fallujah.

  • newscomments70

    Police in whack job cities like San Francisco are constantly being harassed by “diverse youths” and radical left wing gays. Of course they are “racist” and “homophobic”. Anyone of any race would have the same reaction. It’s called human nature.

    • Charles Martel

      The funny part is the cops simply noticed that the blacks are committing the majority of crimes against the gays

      • newscomments70

        I’ve lived in CA cities, that is spot on. The stories are usually buried by the media though. I’ve tried to explain that to leftists….they only explode in hissy fits.

        • Of course. You exposed the truth to them. That is very provocative of you!

          • newscomments70

            Thank you. On rare occasion, they listen to me, but they usually slip back into their comfortable world of delusion. It’s like talking to the waste basket, generally speaking.

          • newscomments70

            It is apoplectic rage…that I dare question their religion. What is even more frustrating to them is that they cannot phsically do anything to stop me.

        • Charles Martel

          You did see the gays crying about Pam Geller warning them how moslems treat gays. Apple’s CEO cries about not getting pizza served at his wedding, but does business with nations that behead gays.

      • Speedy Steve

        Noticing things is racist. And blacks are committing the majority of crimes. Period.

    • pennawhytmn

      Really I believe most whites are “racist”. It is just starting to come to the forefront in them. I am talking working class whites. There are still a great many “backward thinking” whites in America and they are instilling “backward thinking” in their children. I mean that in the very best way. Also, younger generation have no connection to Jim Crow laws and persecution of Black people as a nation, and are not as easily quilted into submission.

      • newscomments70

        They don’t talk about it so much, but I see the “racist” comments on various news sources. I even see race realist comments now on UK news and looney HuffPo. The few liberals I know who scream anti-black “racism”, live in mostly white neighborhoods, and will often complain about other races.

      • It is the rise of the Internet and social media. The Powers that Be cannot control what we see and hear about things. People are waking up quickly.

  • LHathaway

    Send all the officers to college where they will learn anything they say (other than all people of color – especially blacks – are the greatest) will be considered insensitive, maybe even if they say all blacks are just the greatest, that too will be considered insensitive. College being a place where they will also learn that White men are the cause of all evil in the past and for evil’s continuation in the present – and that not enthusiastically agreeing with that viewpoint enough will be considered, ‘insensitive’.

  • IKUredux

    I am delighted to hear that some Whites with police training are on our side. I sincerely hope that the majority of white cops are secret race realists. In fact, based on the Feds move against cops, I think they know that is the case. Frankly, what the hell else are you going to think about Blacks if you are a cop?

    • blanjm5

      You perfectly summed up how I overcame the brainwashing.

      Do not fear, most of us are, in fact, race realists.

  • bubo

    Investigators twice searched Furminger’s cellphone unearthing numerous offensive and racist texts with fellow officers.

    How is this legal? What crime was he committing? Did he give the investigators permission or did they just confiscate his personal phone? Even in ultra liberal California I would have a hard time believing a judge would issue a warrant to search his phone for possible racist texts.

    Good reminder to enable a pass code or fingerprint security and never let your employer examine your personal phone.

  • DCRealist

    I guess I was a fool to assume that when someone commits a crime, that that act alone is what they are being arrested for. Now I see that for a crime to count as a crime, not only must a harm have been done by a perp, but also the arresting officer must have the purest of hearts and thoughts. Any impure expression from the minds of law enforcement immediately nullifies the perp’s actions and renders him righteous before the world, redeeming the harm of his crime and exonerating him before the law.

    Or are the media really implying that Shitavious really didn’t shoplift/carjack/rob anyone. The officers made up those events and the victims to satisfy their deep seated racism.


    When I read these stories I’m reminded that we are fighting a marxist religious inquisition where they have taken the moral high ground and occupy all of the major propaganda channels (media writ large). We are losing.

  • pennawhytmn

    This has to make me believe that there are homophobic racists widespread throughout the nation. I see this as a good thing. There are many rural areas in which the chief partake in this sort of amusement too. But I do see jokes about the pets turning to anger toward them. And that is what we really need. It takes a lot for whites to become angry and proactive in large groups. But with each incident like Ferguson, Baltimore, and recently Kentucky, more and more whites are feeling offended and getting angry. The problem is, there are so many Lilly white rural areas in which whites still believe that the undertow is just a nuisance and a small problem that will eventually be taken care if by sensible whites in power eventually. They are never really blessed with the cultural enrichment and see it as someone else’s problem. I notice a significant change in attitude lately, particularly in the past year.

    • Weisheit77

      And you just explained Europe, too. I got lectured by Germans, and I kept saying come to me. I’ll give you the full Philadelphia/Baltimore tour. Whites, who don’t know blacks, think they know the most about them.

      • Augustus3709

        You know, the culture has been co-opted, Whites now are told that they must prove themselves not to be “racist” in order to legitimize themselves as human beings. It’s a ridiculous and unfair burden that is significantly lowering the quality of life for millions of people. Non-Whites are not put under this added stress. Hopefully the tides will turn soon.

  • Speedy Steve

    Investigators twice searched Furminger’s cellphone … If you don’t have time to do it right, do you really have enough time to do it over? Must be a minority investigator who moves his lips while he reads.

  • newscomments70

    Racism will disappear when whites freely give up their children to blacks and Muslims for systematic rape. This is what has happened in the UK, and everything is fine there.

    • Weisheit77

      Rotherham: Feel free to molest the children.

  • Epoche

    Black people burn and loot. White people say things that people dont like. Which is worse?

    • texasoysterman

      If you have to ask, you be’s raciss!

      • Dr. Rieux

        They need to do a 3rd remake of The Manchurian Candidate.

        (Blacks are the kindest, bravest, smartest race we have ever known.)

        • Never. I am surprised that movie hasn’t been banned. Too close to reality today.

  • Dr. Rieux

    Does anyone else here wish that the MSM worried a fraction as much about backs burning down American cities and playing the knockout game, real violence, as they do about something as trivial as this?

    • I wish all the executives running MSM were indicted for incitement to riot.

    • Katherine McChesney

      I heard today that there were only two things left in the CVS store in the Baltimore riots….suntan lotion and Fathers Day cards.

      • Dr. Rieux

        There were, in fact, three things left. Not a single job application had been pilfered.

        • Ringo Lennon

          Four things. Condoms.

      • Weisheit77

        You need to come out with a comedy album. I would buy it.

  • Alden

    When I lived in San Francisco the police referred to the entire town as “the mental health clinic.” I’d suggest any police officer get rid of their cell phones, get another with another company and not transfer anything to the new cell phone. Better spend a few days putting phone numbers email addresses in yourself than let the new company transfer anything.
    Some of the evil racist texts were several years old.

    • Katherine McChesney

      I lived in Santa Monica and the joke there was that California is the worlds largest Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic.

      • Malgus

        The scary thing is that when the water runs out – and it probably will – all those clinic patients will be looking for greener pastures… which means they will likely be coming our way…

        This does not bode well.

        • newscomments70

          The water has already run out. Very few will go anywhere. People adapt…a loony Californian can check out anytime, but can never leave. I know that first hand.

        • kikz2

          many are already here in TX. uuuugh….

  • Alden

    I remember when an old black homeless woman reacted badly when police asked her to move her shopping cart from a commercial street because the merchants were complaining. Although in her 60’s and only 5’3 and 120 pds she waved her large screwdriver at the police and they shot her dead.
    For a day or two the Los Angeles Slimes screamed about it. Then it turned out that one officer was Asian and the other Hispanic. The story quickly disappeared. My racist friends joked that Jesse Jackson turned his plane around when he heard the officers were not White.

  • Stop21

    It sounds so, so …pat. Somewhat like the phony racist receipts from the help at various fast food restaurants. Hello Tawana Brawley.

  • Weisheit77

    You just now figuring that one out? There are numerous countries that have greater levels of freedom than us. Most of Europe has stronger privacy laws than we do.

    Oh, the 2nd Amendment, you say? Look at the list of mistakes you can make that will have you stripped of that. Got caught smoking a joint at 18? Nope. Went to a doctor for depression or anxiety? Nope. Punch someone who deserved it? Nope.

  • Rev. Jesse B. Redneck

    There is no way that anyone in America could do something bad to folks in SF. Why? I’m sure this old boy liked what the officer did 2 this one! Look at it’s record.

  • Mark N Starla Traina