A San Francisco cop was fired after investigators discovered he had exchanged anti-Muslim text messages, a lawyer with knowledge of the case told the Associated Press on Tuesday.
The texts were found during an investigation of a sexual assault by police officers in the same station, lawyer Tony Brass said, in which the officers’ phones were searched.
Brass is a lawyer for retired Lt. Curtis Liu, who pleaded not guilty on charges of lying to investigators looking into a sexual assault claim of his colleague Jason Lai. Both officers have since left the police force, and no sex crimes charges have thus far been filed against Lai.
During the investigation of that case, detectives discovered more than one officer exchanging racist texts with Lai. Police Commission President Julius Turman confirmed to the AP that an officer was fired in February for bias.
Both Turman and Brass refused to give the AP the name of the officer who was fired, though Brass claimed that the cop apologized and began volunteering with several Muslim organizations.
"The department appears to have adopted a zero-tolerance policy and there's no chance for rehabilitation," Brass said.
Last year, CNN reported that Lai had sent multiple racist messages to his colleagues, including ones that read “I hate that beaner but I think the nig is worse” and “Indian ppl are disgusting.”
[Image of Jason Lai: San Francisco Police Department]
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