REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – One of the San Francisco police officers accused of exchanging racist and homophobic text messages — including slurs against Filipinos –has resigned.
Michael Robinson, a 23-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department, resigned on Wednesday, saying he is remorseful of his comments.
Robinson is embroiled in the investigation of at least 10 SFPD officers accused of sending bigoted text messages that included slurs against blacks, gays, Mexicans and Filipinos.
One message referred to Filipinos as “filthy Flips” and “disgusting”.
Police Chief Greg Suhr has said that if extreme bias is proven in the investigation, all officers involved will be immediately fired.
San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi and District Attorney George Gascon said their offices will review hundreds of the officers’ cases going back 10 years to look for extreme racial bias and discrimination against gays.
Disruption of public’s trust in SFPD
While Filipino American civil rights lawyer and community advocate Atty. Anthony Remo Luna called the text messages detestable, he does not believe they’re a sign of a systemic problem in the greater police department.
“Prior to this controversy the relationship [with the city’s Filipino community] has been one that is cooperative and supportive,” Luna said during a studio interview with Balitang America.
But Luna, who is a member of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), added that the public’s trust has been disrupted by the text message scandal and it will take some work on the SFPD’s part to restore it.
“We would like to engage in a dialogue to address these issues and try to avoid them in the future and reestablish that trust between the public and the SFPD,” Luna said.