Cop Caught Texting Desire to ‘Pull a Ferguson’ on ‘N*ggers’
A Louisiana police officer has resigned after he was caught exchanging text messages saying that he would like to see the department “pull a Ferguson” on a “bunch of monkeys.”
The Advocate reports that Michael Elsbury, a 15-year veteran of the Baton Rouge police force, resigned on Thursday after text messages he sent to a friend were brought to the attention of police officials.
In one text message, Elsbury writes that black people are “nothing but a bunch of monkeys” and the “only reason they have this job is the n*gger, n*gger in them.” It’s unclear what job he’s referring to.
Another text 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.”
WBRZ reports that it was his friend that brought these messages to the attention of the department.
On Wednesday, the department placed him on administrative leave. On Thursday he submitted his resignation.
“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,” said Police Chief Carl Dabadie. “It made me sick to my stomach… I believe this is an isolated incident between the officer and this girl. 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.”
Ernest Johnson, the president of the NAACP’s Louisiana chapter, said, “There’s no place in our community or anywhere in this country for a person upholding the safety of the law to make the kinds of comments that I saw. I don’t want this to end with him resigning. I think there’s more to it than that.”