April 4, 2015 5:00 pm -


San Francisco’s police chief, Greg Suhr, says seven officers should be fired for racist, homophobic texts.

The messages — which included one that said, simply, “White Power,” as well as others with denigrating comments about homosexuals, Mexicans and Filipinos — were sent or received by as many as 14 officers in the department, the police said.

Officials have acknowledged that the texts have shaken confidence in the Police Department, which is responsible for public safety in a city that has long prided itself on inclusiveness and open-mindedness, has a large gay and lesbian population, and is among the most racially diverse cities in the country.

Here are some examples of what this fine, upstanding guardians of our safety were saying:

  • “We got two blacks at my boys [sic] school and they are brother and sister! There cause dad works for the school district and I am watching them like hawks.”
  • In response to a text asking “Do you celebrate quanza [sic] at your school?” Furminger wrote: “Yeah we burn the cross on the field! Then we celebrate Whitemas.”
  • “Its [sic] worth every penny to live here [Walnut Creek] away from the savages.”
  • “Those guys are pretty stupid! Ask some dumb ass questions you would expect from a black rookie! Sorry if they are your buddies!”
  • “The buffalo soldier was why the Indians Wouldnt [sic] shoot the niggers that found for the confederate
  • They [sic] thought they were sacred buffalo and not human.”
  • “Gunther Furminger was a famous slave auctioneer.”
  • “My wife has 2 friends over that don’t know each other the cool one says to me get me a drink nigger not knowing the other is married to one just happened right now LMFAO.”
  • “White power.”
  • In response to a text saying “Niggers should be spayed,” Furminger wrote “I saw one an hour ago with 4 kids.”
  • “I am leaving it like it is, painting KKK on the sides and calling it a day!”
    “Cross burning lowers blood pressure! I did the test myself!”
  • In response to a text saying “All niggers must fucking hang,” Furminger wrote “Ask my 6 year old what he thinks about Obama.”
  • In response to a text saying “Just boarded train at Mission/16th,” Furminger wrote “Ok, just watch out for BM’s” [black males].
  • “I hate to tell you this but my wife friend [sic] is over with their kids and her husband is black! If [sic] is an Attorney but should I be worried?” Furminger’s friend, an SFPD officer, responded: “Get ur pocket gun.
  • Keep it available in case the monkey returns to his roots. Its [sic] not against the law to put an animal down.” Furminger responded, “Well said!
  • In response to a text from another SFPD officer regarding the promotion of a black officer to sergeant, Furminger wrote: “Fuckin nigger.”


The four officers, identified as Michael Robison, 46; Noel Schwab, 49; Rain Daugherty, 40; and Michael Celis, 47, have all been placed on desk duty for the course of the internal investigation, NPR reports. All four have served the SFPD for at least 10 years.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

7 responses to Cops To Be Fired For Racist, Homophobic Texts

  1. raypc800 April 4th, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    For at least 10 years these type of racist police officers have served. Served who or what surely not to protect all of the people. The real question here is, how were they allowed to even begin on a police force and why did it take this long to notice their obvious racism?

  2. Suzanne McFly April 4th, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    How many “criminals” will be tried again or released because of these bigoted slobs? They better be fired and lose all benefits then fined to cover costs of new trials.

    • rg9rts April 5th, 2015 at 2:58 am


  3. jybarz April 4th, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    I’d bet their kids would be hearing a lot of bigoted comments & swearing from them on a daily basis at their homes especially around the dinner table.
    You’d think police departments would have anti-discrimination policies and education programs, which if they have, just show you they are failing very badly…. and therefore should be strictly reinforced on law enforcement officers daily.

  4. FatRat April 4th, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Racist and didn’t even convey his message properly. (shakes head)

    “We got two blacks at my boys [sic] school and they are brother and sister! There cause dad works for the school district and I am watching them (like hawks).”

    I think he’s trying to say that he’s going to watch them (like a hawk). The way he said it, makes the siblings the two hawks, that he would be taking a careful observation of.

    I think he believes that he’s an almighty chicken hawk.

  5. rg9rts April 5th, 2015 at 2:57 am

    Big difference between” to be fired” and “should”.

  6. zenia April 5th, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    This Furminger should be charged with child abuse/neglect teaching a 6 y/o hatred of other human beings is very dangerous to ALL…btw what does a 6 y/o know about politics anyhow…this man does not deserve to EVER have freedom – hatred is what needs to be ‘put down’
    May he reap the same as he has sown…