SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)– The decision to not notify San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr for two years of racist and homophobic texts exchanged between several of his officers may end up preventing the chief from disciplining the officers involved.
Earlier this month, Suhr announced he planned to fire eight officers after their suspensions and wanted to discipline six others for the their involvement in the sending and receiving of the texts.READ MORE: Rain Helps Wash Away Fears Of Another Devastating Wildfire For Santa Rosa Couple
Federal prosecutors knew of the texts for over two years, but only disclosed them publicly in December of last year in a court filing after the convictions of former Police Sergeant Ian Furminger and Officer Edmond Robles on charges of stealing money and property from drug dealers and crime scenes.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported the decision to shield Suhr from the information of the text messages was not required by a federal court order as previously believed. The Internal Affairs department knew of the texts, but choose to not notify Suhr.READ MORE: UPDATE: Phish Fan Injured After Being Fallen On at SF Chase Center Concert Describes Brush with Death
The accused officers have argued they should not be punished for the texts because the department didn’t act within the one year required deadline to take disciplinary action.
Suhr has said he was walled off from the texts, either by court order or the federal prosecutor’s office.MORE NEWS: SF Fire Crews Battle 2-Alarm House Fire In Nob Hill
The Police Commission will ultimately decide the fate of the officers.