There have been several allegations against the Torrance police department for targeting African Americans. The recent revelation of text messages between Torrance police department officers confirms what many African-Americans have long complained of.
The state Attorney General’s Office opened an independent review of the Torrance Police Department on Wednesday, following revelations of racist text messages shared among a group of white officers for years that could lead to the dismissal of hundreds of criminal cases in which the officers were involved.
The announcement came on the heels of a Los Angeles Times investigation that found a long history of racist text message exchanges involving at least a dozen Torrance white officers, including one message that included a photo of Black men being lynched, with the caption, “hanging with the homies.”
In August, two former Torrance police officers — Christopher Tomsic and Cody Weldin — were charged with vandalism and conspiracy to commit a crime involving a swastika that was spray-painted inside an impounded vehicle last year. At the time, Hart said 13 officers had been relieved of duty for “allegations relating to misconduct,” although he did not elaborate.
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