SF Pinoys outraged over ruling to spare jobs of racist cops

SAN FRANCISCO – A superior court judge ruled Monday that the San Francisco police officers who exchanged racists and homophobic text messages that included slurs against Filipinos in 2012 will keep their jobs and not face any disciplinary action.

Police Chief Greg Suhr had recommended that 14 police officers be fired. But the judge’s ruling said that the police department failed to properly address the misconduct allegations in a timely manner and thus ignored a one-year statute of limitations for any personnel probe.

A task force with the district attorney’s office was created to review 3,000 additional cases because of the text messages.

The controversial texts were revealed earlier this year by federal prosecutors in a public corruption case against a former sergeant.

The texts included slurs against blacks, gays, Mexicans and Filipinos.

One message referred to Filipinos as “filthy flips” and “disgusting”.

Vivian Zalvidea Araullo, who works with kababayans in San Francisco’s South of Market area as the executive director of West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center, says that this ruling will impact the reputation of the department and the trust of the community they serve.

“The legal ruling may be totally correct but its ramifications, its repercussions will be mistrust and anger towards the system which is the last thing that San Francisco needs right now,” said Araullo.

Terry Valen, organizational director of the Filipino Community Center which services kababayans of the Excelsior district, says in an email to Balitang America that “racist police in the San Francisco Police Department are not qualified to serve and protect our communities.”

Valen goes on to say that since SFPD knew of the racist texts and chose not to act until after the one-year state limitations, it shows that the police and criminal justice system cannot police themselves end quote.

You can contact Rommel Conclara at rommel_conclara@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • Santiago Del Mundo
    23 December 2015 at 11:00 am - Reply

    It was probably one of those liberal judges in San Francisco…you would think those Police Officers of today are mature and dignified enough to be in such jobs…

  • Probinsiyano
    27 December 2015 at 8:31 am - Reply

    The sad part of being a San Francisco Police Officer is that every candidate goes through an extensive selection process…anyone can pass background checks but what happens when you’ve been in the job too long that you inherited-developed some dirty habits…

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