Two Ohio deputies have been terminated over racist text messages.
According to local affiliate WHIO, the two Montgomery County deputies, Detective Mike Sollenberger and Captain Tom Flanders, were fired from their positions.
The announcement was made today and stems from dozens of racially offensive conversations had by the deputies.
“Connelly, who has been with the department for 3.5 years, is accused of sending six inappropriate conversations,” WHIO reports. “Horton, who has been with the department for 21 years, is accused of having five inappropriate conversations. Lewis, who has been with the department for 10 years, is accused of having one inappropriate conversation, according to the sheriff’s office.”
Blacklikemoi originally reported that the deputies were under investigation in December of 2014.
Local affiliate WDTN originally reported that the allegations came to light after Dayton Unit NAACP President Derrick Foward told deputies that he’d received an anonymous complaint about the racist messages.
“What do apples and black people have in common? They both hang from trees,” read one text.
“I hate N*ggers. That is all,” another text message said.
“Very simply put, they’re N*ggers, son,” wrote another deputy.
The racist text messages by the the deputies were exchanged on their personal cellphones between November 2011 and January 2013, both during on duty and off duty hours.
“I WILL keep my private life unsoiled as an example to all” and “I WILL never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities, or friendship to influence my decisions,” reads the Montgomery County codes of ethics.
Sheriff Plummer originally confirmed that there were three other deputies also involved but their names have not been made public.