When Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department revealed that five of their deputies were under investigation for sending racist messages, few imagined that it would be as bad as what the department released.
Sheriff Phil Plummer revealed that Sheriff’s Captain Thomas J. Flanders and Detective Michael J. Sollenberger were both placed on indefinite administrative leave as of the first of this month. They are still, however, receiving full pay while on leave.
Captain Flanders was the head of the Montgomery County Jail, where many allegations of racism and discriminatory treatment of inmates has been common throughout the years.
Sollenberger, for his part, has been involved in internal affairs, which would in fact be the unit which investigated such allegations… See how that works?
Sollenberger is also a member of the Montgomery County SWAT team.
Sheriff Plummer says that the remaining deputies will not be identified yet at this time, and none of them have been suspended.
The messages, sent between November 2011 and January 2013 made direct derogatory references to African-American deputies and citizens.
Watch the report from local 22 below…
“The N-word was used several times as well as other racial slurs and jokes,” Plummer explained. “Racism will not be tolerated in this office.”
Some of these text messages include statements like: “What do apples and black people have in common? They both hang from trees.”
“I hate N****rs. That is all,” the two suspended cops said to one another..
“Very simply put, they’re N****rs, son,” another deputy texted.
Watch the local video report from local 2 news below…
Sheriff Plummer said that the deputies “did not apologize.”
(Article by Jackson Marciana)