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San Francisco Police to fire cops accused of sending racist texts

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 27:  San Francisco police cars sit parked in front of the Hall of Justice on February 27, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  A federal grand jury has indicted five San Francisco police officers and one former officer in two cases involving drug and computer thefts from suspects and the theft of money and gift cards from suspects. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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File photo: San Francisco police cars sit parked in front of the Hall of Justice.

The San Francisco Police Department will begin proceedings to fire three officers who sent racist and homophobic text messages, according to TV news station KGO.  

"The officers who go for recommendations for termination will be immediately suspended and will be Friday at the end of the close of business," Police Chief Greg Suhr told KGO.

Originally, four officers were under internal investigation. But since the scandal surfaced, one of the officers, Michael Robinson, has resigned. Officials are now looking at 13 officers who are potentially involved in the scandal.

The texts were found in a federal court filing against former Sgt. Ian Furminger, convicted in December for his role in a series of thefts from drug suspects, KQED reported in March: 

You can see a sampling of the text messages in a court filing published by KQED.