A police officer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana has resigned after he was caught sending a series of racially charged text messages. The texts, provided by a “source within the department” to the WBRZ Investigative unit, included numerous racial slurs, were sent by fifteen-year veteran of the force, Michael Elsbury, who resigned on Thursday.
In one message, Elsbury said, “They are nothing but a bunch of monkeys. The only reason they have this job is the n*gger, n*gger in them.” It is unclear what “job” he is referencing.
Another read, “I wish someone would pull a Ferguson on them and take them out. I hate looking at those African monkeys at work…I enjoy arresting those thugs with their saggy pants.”
After WBRZ’s report on the messages, sent to a female friend, the friend turned her phone over to police. After a two-day investigation, the department placed Elsbury on administrative leave. The following day, he resigned.
Police Chief Carl Dabadie said that it was gut-wrenching to believe that someone had that much hate in them, especially a police officer who is out there enforcing the law every day. It made me sick to my stomach.”
However, he is sure that this action does not represent the department.
“I believe this is an isolated incident that occurred between the officer and this girl,” Dabadie said. “I do not want this to become a direct reflection on our officers. I have 650 officers, and 649 of them work their butts off every day for the city of Baton Rouge.”
Beginning next year, all officers will be taking additional sensitivity training.
“I want this police department to be a professional, respected police department,” Dabadie said. “And this type of incident that’s happened will not be tolerated, period.”