Two Ohio police officers were suspended this week after racist texts allegedly exchanged between the two men were made public. Captain Thomas Flanders and Detective Michael Sollenberger are on paid leave amid an investigation into the matter.
The Dayton chapter of the NAACP obtained the text messages a few months ago, and they contain some pretty disturbing sentiments. For example, one of the texts reads, “What do apples and black people have in common? They both hang from trees.”
There is a reference to “coons,” as well as at least two mentions of the n-word. In one exchange, one of the men texted, “I hate n***ers. That is all.”
Watch WHIO’s report below:
Watch WDTN’s report below: