The San Francisco Police Department is investigating four of its officers for exchanging racist and homophobic text messages.
The messages were released during a bail hearing for a former officer who was convicted of corruption.
Some include the “N word” and “white power.”
The San Francisco Chronicle reports all four officers have been on the force for more than a decade.
At least two faced disciplinary action in the past.
The four officers are now reassigned away from the public.
The police chief says he wants them all fired if the accusations are confirmed.
“It makes me sick to my stomach to even have these guys around,” said Chief Greg Suhr. “You cannot unring the bell on these text messages — anybody who has sent these text messages should not be a police officer.”
“We’re going to have to look at all the cases that these officers were involved in,” said public defender Jeff Adachi. “One of the things that we’re entitled to under the law, is evidence of racial bias when a police officer testifies. So this could have wide-ranging effects on our cases as well as the criminal justice system.”