“I Hate N*ggers, That is All.” — Five Cops Probed Over Racist Text Messages


Sheriff’s Capt. Thomas J. Flanders (Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department)


David Edwards | Raw Story

MONTGOMERY COUNTY — The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department revealed this week that five deputies were under investigation for allegedly sending racist text messages while on duty.

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In a statement on Tuesday, Sheriff Phil Plummer said that two of the five deputies — Sheriff’s Capt. Thomas J. Flanders and Detective Michael J. Sollenberger — had been placed on indefinite paid administrative leave starting on 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 reported that it had 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*ggers. That is all,” another text message said.

“Very simply put, they’re N*ggers, son,” one deputy wrote.

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Dayton Unit NAACP President Derrick L. Foward received an anonymous tip about the messages in August, and reported it to the department.

Officials said that they conducted a three-month investigation, and conferred with the NAACP national office before going public with the allegations.

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UPDATE: February 07, 2015

DAYTON, Ohio — An Ohio sheriff has fired two white deputies accused of exchanging racially charged text messages.

Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer said he fired Detective Mike Sollenberger and Capt. Tom Flanders. They had been on administrative leave during an investigation into accusations of inappropriate text conversations on personal cellphones that included racial slurs and comments directed at two black deputies.

The sheriff’s investigation also cited texts with comments about hanging or beating up black people and Sollenberger allegedly referring to President Barack Obama as “a half-breed.” Obama’s mother was white.

Three other deputies received suspensions ranging from three to 30 days.

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  • Bobbie Jo Justice

    “shock and surprise” – thugs with badges strike again

  • bcdebow


    • Smitty

      We should pull a Ferguson on them. Or maybe a Rodney

  • Pete

    One works for internal affairs – OH FOR F*CKS sake – when are we going to demand real accountability for these police officers?

    • jammartin66

      stop your making me laugh.

  • Zach von Behren

    Naturally, paid leave it is. And the other 3 didn’t even get that. Where else in America could you say the N word at your job and not be fired?

    • regressive teaparty trash

      on a stage doing a “rap” video?

      • kneelbeforetigers

        Close but no cigar, sweetie. Back to the kiddie table with you!

        • regressive teaparty trash

          actually I am correct but ur post is cute

          • tina

            No you’re not. On stage or filming a video is no different from acting out a play or filming a movie, it’s art. It’s a part of an era in American history that maybe acted out on film.
            That doesn’t make it appropriate in other places of business or society.

          • regressive teaparty trash

            hey idiot tina,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, the question was “where can U say the N word at work and NOT get fired”— NOT: “where is it appropriate”
            therefor I am correct and U are an indolent dolt for adding a strawman topic. are U a republican regressive???? that is vintage regressive strategy– strawman topics

    • MrB

      ^^^In a Maryland wine store, that’s where! At my place of employment, 2 associates of mine used the N-word while on duty, one black, one white. The black man was hounded by HR and forced to leave for using the n-word with another black person in a non-malicious manner. The ‘white’ one maliciously used the word, then proceeded to tell a racist joke to round off the bigotry. When confronted, he simply denied wrongdoing and HR ‘punished’ him by preventing him from participating in a lavish, company-funded week-long trip through California wine country. He was also allowed to remain employed with the company. It happens more often than people realize. This is America. This is how the game is played.

      • tina

        I believe Zach von Behren was speaking of governmental and public service jobs not private corps and business.
        We’ve all experienced that in the work place. It’s hard to prove and there’s usually some retaliation.
        You expect a different standard from those in public service. However police in this country seem to set their own standards.

      • Rob

        Than again, There could be more to there story that You don’t know and You only know rummer , just like Ferguson raising hell because rummer He had hands up,And shot in back for nothing.

  • Arnt Johnsen

    I wonder how much IQ they actually have, how could they pass the Psychiatric evaluation??? Their behavior are similar to those at school that couldnt do anything but stupid sports and bully people, single minded despicable small pathetic humans….

  • Samantha Carter

    Oh please, Everyone on here complaining. Look in the mirror when is the last time you screwed off at work and was joking with co workers? Daily, Thought so. Maybe some don’t understand because they don’t have a job.

    • hereinWA

      Did you know it IS possible to ‘screw around at work’ and NOT BE RACIST? Didn’t think so.

    • tetonmoon

      And so when you go to work.. I doubt you have a job.. but next time your cleaning the oil out of the fry machine.. make sure all your co workers call you a cunt and whore.. cause hey its funny. I think your name badge should have Cunt labeled on it and all who order their Big Macs can call you what you obviously are.. Actually first and last should read ” Ignorant Cunt”
      Now what is funny.. what a joke. Dumb Bitch

  • Mitch Mitchell

    Paid fucking vacation AGAIN? What the fuck is wrong with you fucking bastards? Enough is enough.

  • Mike Se

    If a person shows an inch of racism they should be fired from the force. PERIOD! Those personal thoughts will traspire in their work which will lead to racial profiling.

  • martymarsh

    Here is a little food for thought, before becoming a cop you have to take a polygraph test, got it?

  • TherealWanda Jackson

    On paid leave til ppl forget and then they are rehired…

  • TherealWanda Jackson

    I did not share this to my facebook page bc its 500 years old news…

  • kevin

    this would seem to be an invasion of their first amendment rights. How did the text get out? It makes a big difference. How many black officers text and say negative things about Whites and Asians? How many folks text a joke about cripples or the blind or gays or Christians ,Jews … If you think you want thought police be careful you may get it.

    • tina

      Normal ppl don’t do that. Not because it’s inappropriate but because they’re not a racist bigotted assailed. I see you’re not a normal person.
      This has nothing to do with first amendment rights. All that went out the window when they pressed send. Obviously someone within the conversation wasn’t comfortable with their language.
      It wouldn’t be a first amendment issue if you were on a personal phone call and using derogatory language about a group of ppl and a customer over heard it and you were disciplined.
      Racism and bigotry is not protected under anything.

  • tina

    They obviously tolerate racism. Most of them aren’t being held accountable and the other is being paid everyday to not come to work.
    Not only is it tolerated…it’s rewarded.