Anti-Filipino slurs among racist, homophobic SFPD texts

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Four San Francisco police officers are under investigation for exchanging racist and homophobic text messages that included slurs against Filipinos.

The text messages were swapped between four unnamed officers and SFPD Sgt. Ian Furminger, who was recently convicted for robbing drug suspects.

The texts from 2011 and 2012 came to light in a court filing by federal prosecutors who opposed Furminger’s request to remain out on bail.

Excerpts from the text exchange recovered from Furminger’s phone included slurs against blacks, gays, Mexicans and Filipinos.

Among the text messages retrieved from Furminger’s cell phone was one that read: “I can’t imagine working at Costco and hanging out with filthy Flips. Hate to sound racist, but that group is disgusting.”

The officers have all been reassigned as the investigation into the text messages moves forward.


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  • Generoso Magaoay
    16 March 2015 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Police Officers come from various walks of life. If selected to be a candidate, he or she must undergo an extensive selection process to include written test, physical fitness test, background check, police academy, field training officer program, etc. Most will go through and successfully complete this test. Officers go out on the field and surprise the public with this unbelievably highly controversial issues involving racist based jokes or conversation. Could it be inherited because it is the norm within the department? Like hanging around officers who are well verse on racial remarks. Most officers have some half decent education, but why the tendency to engage in racial remarks exist? Could it be because they are young and immature? Not really because most agencies do not hire from the early age of 18. What is it that stimulates or motivates police officers into making racial remarks? Is it possible that it is the nature of that officer to have the propensity of making racial remarks against other race? It is a proven fact that officers under stressful situations trigger officers to result into making remarks. It is one way for them to leverage a given situation.