A Twist in the San Francisco Police Department Texting Scandal

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Five San Francisco police officers are accused of trading racist and homophobic text messages, which has led to about a thousand convictions being re-examined for bias. And here’s a twist: one of the cops involved, Michael Robison, is openly gay. He’s a 23-year veteran of the department and he resigned yesterday. We talk to Robison’s lawyer to find out more about why he might’ve participated in such ugly exchanges and what it says about police culture.

Credits

Guest:
Tony Brass - attorney representing Michael Robison

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Jolie Myers, Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Christian Bordal