Five deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department are under investigation for allegedly sending racist text messages while on duty.
Sheriff Phil Plummer said two of the five deputies — Sheriff’s Capt. Thomas J. Flanders and Detective Michael J. Sollenberger, had been placed on indefinite paid administrative leave as of Dec. 1.
According to WDTN, Flanders is in charge of the Montgomery County Jail, and Sollenberger works with the internal affairs unit and is a member of the SWAT team. The three other deputies had not been identified by name, and had not been suspended.Sheriff Plummer said that the deputies sent racial messages on their personal phones between November 2011 and January 2013. Some messages were sent while the men were on duty, and some messages were directed at African-American deputies, he said.
“The N-word was used several times as well as other racial slurs and jokes,” Plummer noted. “Racism will not be tolerated in this office.”
WKEF says it obtained
“hundreds of pages of text messages.” One read: “What do apples and black people have in common? They both hang from trees.”
“I hate N**gers. That is all,” another text message said.
“Very simply put, they’re N*ggers, son,” one deputy wrote. In August, Dayton Unit NAACP President Derrick L. Foward reported the text messages to the department after receiving an anonymous tip. Authorities say they conducted a three-month investigation, and conferred with the NAACP’s national officer before publicly releasing the allegations.
After what appears to be a significant amount of evidence against the racist cops, one cannot help but to wonder why they aren’t fired and on PAID leave.
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