SFPD investigating allegations of racist, homophobic texts by officers 

The Police Department has launched an investigation involving four officers over allegations of racist and homophobic text messages that were made public Friday in a federal court filing.

The text messages were obtained by the FBI from the personal cell phone of Sgt. Ian Furminger, who was convicted late last year on charges related to conspiracy to sell drugs, extortion and theft. A document contesting Furminger’s request for bail pending an appeal detailed text messages that were sent between October 2011 and June 2012.

The names of the four officers involved in the text messages were not released by police or in the court documents.

In a statement from police Sunday, the department said it is investigating officers for “extreme bias which has no place in the Police Department. Four officers were reassigned some time ago while the investigation into these allegations is underway.”

Chief Greg Suhr will recommend to the Police Commission that any officer who is revealed to be biased is terminated, the statement reads.

Furminger was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison Feb. 23 for his role in a series of crimes committed as part of a plainclothes unit in the Mission district.

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