A handful of Miami Beach police officers sent hundreds of racially offensive and pornographic emails and possibly jeopardized dozens of criminal cases in which they are witnesses, the department's chief said Thursday.
An internal investigation revealed that two of the 16 officers were
high-ranking within the Miami Beach Police Department and were the main
instigators, Chief Daniel Oates told reporters. One has retired, and the
other was fired Thursday.
Oates said the probe revealed about 230 emails demeaning to
African-Americans and women or pornographic in nature. Many were
depictions of crude racial jokes involving President Barack Obama or
black celebrities such as golfer Tiger Woods. One shows a woman with a
black eye and the caption, "Domestic violence. Because sometimes, you
have to tell her more than once." One of the racially offensive emails
depicted a board game called "Black Monopoly" in which every square says
"go to jail."