San Francisco Dismisses 8 Criminal Cases Affected By Vile Police Texts, Many More To Come

by DEBORAH MONTESANO – In March, a federal case against a corrupt San Francisco police officer uncovered racist and homophobic text messages that were sent among 14 officers on the force. The discovery marked the opening of a scandal — and an investigation into how deeply the disgusting, prejudicial attitudes ran in the department. Since then, eight of the officers have been dismissed from the force. The corrupt policeman, Sgt. Ian Furminger, was sentenced to 41 months in prison for stealing money and property from suspects. On Thursday, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón dismissed eight criminal cases that might have been contaminated by prejudice. The eight are just the beginning of the repercussions. In all, 3000 cases that were handled by one of the 14 implicated officers are being investigated, going back 10 years. Gascón also announced additions to the task force he formed in March. The original goal was to investigate...

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