Police Chief Greg Suhr addresses reporters during a news conference at the SFPD Headquarters Building in San Francisco on Friday, April 29, 2016. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SFPD officer faces termination for ‘inappropriate’ language

The San Francisco Police Department has another incident of alleged racism on its hands.

But this time, the department released the news itself in an effort to promote transparency.

The incident stems from an officer who reportedly used “inappropriate language” around two other department employees and is now facing termination.

The SFPD learned in early February the officer had used language with sexual and racial undertones, which was reported by the two other employees who had witnessed the alleged incident, police said in a statement late Friday.

The officer was disarmed and reassigned to a position without public contact while an investigation ensued. In early April, Police Chief Greg Suhr suspended the officer and forwarded the case to the Police Commission with a recommendation the officer faces discipline, including possible termination.

Further details about the case were not immediately available.

In its statement, the department said information about the inappropriate language was released to promote transparency among officers. The statement comes on the same day that five activists were hospitalized for not eating for more than two weeks in response to recent controversial police shootings and incidents of alleged bias within the department.

The so-called “Frisco 5” say they will not eat until Suhr is fired or resigns.

Police Commission President Suzy Loftus said she asked the SFPD to release the information about the officer who allegedly used racist and sexual language to emphasize the department doesn’t tolerate such behavior.

“I also announced this week at our meeting that I’m working with the [Office of Citizen Complaints] to craft a new Police Commission report that summarizes discipline when it is filed so the public can see the types of cases we are handling when we receive them,” Loftus said.

Meanwhile, Suhr announced late last month that all members of the department will participate in training to prevent harassment and discrimination in the workplace after racist and derogatory text messages discovered during an investigation into sexual assault allegations by an officer were recently made public.


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