A shocking expose by the Los Angeles Times has revealed more than a dozen police officers of the Torrance Police Department in Los Angeles County exchanged horrific racist, antisemitic and homophobic messages, while also talking about violence against suspects and lying to investigators about a police shooting.
Around 85 criminal cases have been jeopardized with a new revelation that unearthed the despicable behavior of about a dozen or more current and former members and recruits of the Torrance Police Department.
According to the news report, several of the officers are also defendants in lawsuits, alleging excessive force, false arrest, and wrongful death. The plaintiffs in some of the suits are members of the ethnic groups mentioned in the text messages.
Shockingly, despite the dismissal of the said case, no action was taken against the officers and none were charged with criminal activity. The newspaper’s story on Wednesday prompted the state attorney general to announce an independent probe of the Torrance Police Department.
“The review comes amidst deeply concerning allegations of excessive force, racist text messages, and other discriminatory misconduct,” California Attorney General Rob Bonta’s office said in a news release.
The state investigation was requested by the Torrance police chief Jay Hart, who said, “I am committed to accountability, and I will not tolerate any form of bigotry, racism, hate, or misconduct.”