Three Florida police officers found themselves out of jobs, after a five-month investigation into racist text messages sent from their personal phones. Officers, Jason Holding, Christopher Sousa, and James Wells were fired on Friday, and a fourth, Officer Alex Alvarez, resigned from his post in late January before the internal affairs investigation was finished. According to the Sun-Sentinal, the four Fort Lauderdale Police officers patrolled a predominately black neighborhood. The quad sent messages to each other which included nasty comments against gays and Hispanics, along with sexist, racist and ethnically inappropriate pictures and messages. In the report, the officers shaded an image taken from television which featured a man in a Nazi uniform with swastikas and a black man’s mouth filled with gold teeth.
Although the officers didn’t participate in criminal activity, Police Chief Frank Adderley, who is black, stated at the press conference:
Their conduct was inexcusable and there is zero tolerance for this kind of behavior in the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.
The investigation started after an ex-girlfriend of Alvarez emailed screenshots of the messages to Adderley on Oct. 16. Some of the text messaged included:
Holding: “Id have that noose ready”
“The panty dropper had it’s first fail. This chick was high class cuban, nada impressed her. F—— cuban elite”
“I had a wet dream that you two found those two n—— in the VW and gave them the death penalty right there on the spot.”
Sousa: “Holdings we are coming and drinking all your beer and killing n——.”
Alvarez: “Jimmy what would big dad do to that n—–. Get that n—– out from under that wagon.”
Wells: “And that n—– lover in the wagon.”
Alvarez also took things to the next level when he created a fake movie trailer, The Hoods. The video contained images of President Barack Obama depicted wearing a gold chain and gold tooth caps, along with an unidentified person someone wearing a Ku Klux Klansman’s hood. The video also showed a black man being bitten by a police dog; a bloody scene with a wanted poster for “an escaped slave.”