May 15, 2015 3:00 pm -


(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

This began with another shocking accusation: that six officers stole from drug dealers.

Lawyers for several implicated officers characterized the text messages as “banter” and failed attempts at humor. In one, Sgt. Yulanda Williams was called racist and sexist names by one of the texting officers when she was promoted to sergeant in 2011.

“We really have not moved as forward as we thought,” she said. “I’m not prepared to say this was an isolated incident. This is just the tip of the iceberg.”

At least one of the accused officers, Michael Robinson, is white and openly gay. Another, Sgt. Ian Furminger, is white. Police officials have so far declined to release the racial composition of the other implicated officers.

Officer Rain Daugherty said in a lawsuit filed Monday to halt his termination that he is “deeply ashamed” of the texts he wrote and that they are “unreflective of his strong commitment to exemplary community policing of all San Francisco’s diverse citizens.” Daugherty argues that he and the other officers shouldn’t be fired because the department obtained the inflammatory texts in December 2012 but didn’t start the disciplinary process until two years later.

The department says the texts were part of the corruption investigation and couldn’t be disclosed to administrators until the criminal cases concluded.



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 San Francisco Police Under Fire For Racist, Homophobic Texts

  1. blutarkus May 15th, 2015 at 3:38 pm


  2. allison1050 May 15th, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    And so….

  3. Suzanne McFly May 15th, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    The openly gay officer pisses me off. How can he discriminate against others when he knows first hand how harmful discrimination is to a person. He can try to act like he is part of the boys club, but he will never be seen as a “true” member by his fellow officers.

    • RVolpi May 15th, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      It’s the same story w/some black officers….

    • rg9rts May 16th, 2015 at 6:39 am

      Mob mentality

  4. Larry Schmitt May 15th, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Did these fools trade their brains for their badges? Doesn’t everyone these days realize that emails and texts and tweets are forever? And they can be (and will be) traced to you? Once you’ve done it, you can’t hide from it. Even prospective employers search for junk like this. What is wrong with these people?

    • Carla Akins May 15th, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      You would think that someone working in a profession that uses these tools would know this shit.