SF police officers face disciplinary charges for racist and homophobic texts

SAN FRANCISCO — Bay Area police officers who previously exchanged racist and homophobic text messages–including slurs against Filipinos–could now lose their jobs, after a state court recently ruled that they could be brought up on disciplinary charges.

The text messages were from 2011 and 2012, but only came to light in 2015 from a separate investigation.

The messages targeted groups such as Blacks and Latinos, and included one that called Filipinos “filthy and disgusting.”

On May 30th, a state appeals court overturned a ruling that blocked disciplinary action against the nine SFPD officers, because of a law that sets a one-year deadline for taking action against officers for alleged misconduct.

San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera said it was “high time to proceed with a full and fair disciplinary process for the officers in question.”

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