Four Florida cops lost their jobs Friday after racist texts and an "inexcusable" video surfaced, their chief said.
A five-month internal investigation led to three of them being fired, and one of them resigning, according to NBC Miami. The officers reportedly sent a trailer-style video amongst themselves containing a Ku Klux Klan hood, attacks against minorities, derogatory images of President Obama and racist comments about Hispanics and homosexuals.
"I had a wet dream that you two found those n-----s in the VW and gave them the death penalty right there on the spot," one of the texts reads. Many of their extremely hostile and racially charged conversations can be read at the Sun Sentinel.
According to another text, one of the officers said, "We are coming and drinking all your beer and killing n-----s."
"There was no criminal behavior detected during this investigation, however, the four officers’ conduct was inexcusable and there is zero tolerance for this kind of behavior in the Fort Lauderdale Police Department," said Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderley.
In the text message exchanges, the former officers used racially derogatory terms to refer to people they encountered while on duty, included racially insensitive material from the film, “Django Unchained,” and talked about getting drunk and “killing n*****,” according to investigative documents.
The men allegedly criticized co-workers, including African-Americans, making crude comments about their grammar, appearance and work ethic. One message referred to an entire shift as “lazy f****,” the documents state.
Jason Holding, James Wells and Christopher Sousa were terminated Friday. A fourth cop who created the video, Alex Alvarez, resigned.
The officers worked in predominantly black neighborhoods. The investigation started in October 2014, when Alvarez's former fiancee filed a complaint, according to the New York Daily News.
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