SF Official Releases More Police Racist Texts

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco’s police chief has ordered effective immediately that all officers attend an anti-harassment class, even as he released more transcripts of a former lieutenant and two former officers exchanging racist text messages.

Investigators found the text messages on the personal phones of the officers during criminal probes of former officer Jason Lai and retired Lt. Curtis Liu.

Police Chief Greg Suhr provided additional transcripts and copies of photos with racist captions that were found on Liu’s phone to The Associated Press Thursday. He also provided additional transcripts found on Lai’s phones.

Suhr is set to announce the new anti-harassment training Friday and unveil other steps he’s taking to combat bias in the department. It’s the second racist text scandal the department has endured since 2014.

“The vast majority of police officers are shaken,” Suhr said. “The expectations have never been higher, so when officers do something like this, the disappointment can’t be greater.”

Mayor Ed Lee on Thursday emailed every officer in the department of 2,100 a letter urging them to turn in colleagues who display intolerant behavior.

The names of those involved in the racist and homophobic conversations Suhr provided were redacted. Suhr said that Lai, Lui and an unidentified …read more

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