SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — The Santa Clara County District Lawyer’s Workplace is dismissing greater than a dozen legal instances involving San Jose law enforcement officials who posted racist messages on a private Facebook group.
The DA’s workplace mentioned it despatched out dozens of letters to protection attorneys and the Public Defender’s Workplace Thursday documenting the dismissals and providing to listen to extra data on different instances dealt with by the officers to find out if extra instances ought to be dismissed.
4 San Jose law enforcement officials had been positioned on administrative in June after the invention of the closed Fb group the place racist feedback and posts had been made.
The existence of the Fb group was first revealed in a post on Medium and revealed messages mocking the Black Lives Matter motion and describing members as “racist idiots” and “enemies.” One message learn: “black lives don’t actually matter.” Members of the Muslim neighborhood had been additionally the topic of many posts, with one message saying “I say re-purpose the hijabs into nooses” and added a smiling emoji.
“Our neighborhood has the precise to really feel safe that the legal instances we file on this county are untainted by prejudice,” mentioned Santa Clara County District Lawyer Jeff Rosen in a press release. “I’ve the duty to make sure these instances are untainted by prejudice.”
The DA’s workplace mentioned it compiled an inventory of 14 instances wherein any one of many Fb group officers who made the bigoted posts was listed as a witness, saying the integrity of the case has been so compromised that the Workplace can not stand by the conviction.
The entire instances had been misdemeanors, with a majority of them involving driving points or resisting arrest. The suspended officers behind the racist posts haven’t been recognized by the division or by the DA’s workplace.