Text Messages Get Racist Cops Fired

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Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department had revealed awhile back that 5 of their deputies were under investigation for sending racist messages. What they found turned out to be worse than they expected.

Sheriff’s Captain Thomas J. Flanders and Detective Michael J. Sollenberger have both been placed on indefinite administrative leave after it was revealed by Sheriff Phil Plumber that somebody had obtained and shared the dozens of racist messages that they had sent to each other.

Flanders was head of the Montgomery department, where many allegations of racism and discrimination have been made. This would suggest that the allegations had had some merit.

Sollenberger, on the other hand, works in internal affairs. His unit would have been called in to investigate these allegations. This suggests that police officers regulating police officers would generally be a bad idea. He was also a part of the Montgomery SWAT team.

Sent between November 2011 and January 2013, the messages made direct derogatory references to African-American deputies and citizens.

“The N-word was used several times as well as other racial slurs and jokes,” Plummer explained. “Racism will not be tolerated in this office.”

Some of these text messages include statements like:

“What do apples and black people have in common? They both hang from trees.”

“I hate N****rs. That is all.” The two suspended cops said to one another.

“Very simply put, they’re N****rs, son.” Another deputy texted.

An anonymous source had leaked these messages and had contacted the Dayton NAACP. The NAACP then informed the sheriff of the problem in August, 2014. Sheriff Plummer stated that the deputies, “did not apologize,” resulting in the termination of their employment.

The three other deputies will only be suspended, as they had, “admitted their mistakes.” Deputy Jamie Horton was suspended 10 days without pay, Deputy Joseph Connelly was suspended for 30 days and Sergeant Brian Lewis was only suspended for three days, as he had only sent one racist text to the two former deputies.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. I feel like this should be done (randomly/periodically) for positions of that sort of power. I live in Auburn, and I know MANY overly racist/sexist law students who will/have graduated…

    That is so scary,
    watching the next generation of witch hunters rise to such positions… with help from their Greek decal having clan families. Leave Justice to the Just!

  2. A couple of thank you’s seem to be called for here. First the person who turned over the evidence to someone not afraid to use it. The Dayton NAACP, I applaud you for standing up and saying this isn’t right.
    Second thank you is for the officers who investigated these events and made those responsible for these racist texts face up to their actions. To often bad deeds by police officers are covered up or dismissed by fellow officers doing the blue line dance. So thanks to all who are in favor of a police force enforcing the law fairly and protecting all our citizens equally.

  3. One small suggestion: Identifying the state in which this occurred would be helpful for the reader.

    Yes, one can google and then make the most logical assumption, make a list of all such counties that contain a “Dayton” and assume, however………

    There are at least 9 different state in the US which have counties named “Montgomery” (NY, MD, OH, PA, TX, IL, NC, GA, IN). There are at least 8 states with cities/towns named “Dayton” (OH, TX, WA, MN, WY, NV, TN, OR)

    Just a thought.

  4. “The three other deputies will only be suspended, as they had, “admitted their mistakes.” Deputy Jamie Horton was suspended 10 days without pay, Deputy Joseph Connelly was suspended for 30 days and Sergeant Brian Lewis was only suspended for three days, as he had only sent one racist text to the two former deputies.”

    What a fucking joke.

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