San Francisco Judge Rules Racist Officers May Remain on Force


San Francisco police Sgt. Ian Furminger (left) speaks to press in back of the Phillip Burton Federal Building & United States Courthouse in San Francisco in February. At right is his lawyer Brian Getz. (photo: Liz Hafalia/The Chronicle)
San Francisco police Sgt. Ian Furminger (left) speaks to press in back of the Phillip Burton Federal Building & United States Courthouse in San Francisco in February. At right is his lawyer Brian Getz. (photo: Liz Hafalia/The Chronicle ‘

Curtis Skinner | Reuters | December 22, 2015

judge ruled on Monday that San Francisco police officers can keep their jobs and not face discipline despite being involved in a scandal stemming from racist text messages that forced the review of thousands of criminal cases, court records showed.

The move comes at a time of heightened scrutiny of racism and discrimination by law enforcement following numerous high-profile police killings of unarmed black people across the United States since mid-2014.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith found in favor of officer Rain Daugherty, who filed a lawsuit in May along with several other officers, saying his suspension violated a statute of limitations provided by a police officer’s Bill of Rights.

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