FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Officials say four Fort Lauderdale police officers have lost their jobs following an investigation into a racist video and text messages.
Police Chief Frank Adderley said during a news conference Friday that the officers didn’t engage in criminal conduct, but their behavior was inexcusable.
Officials say the case came to light when a woman filed a complaint in October about the video and messages.
Officials say 22-year-old Alex Alvarez resigned, while 30-year-old James Wells, 31-year-old Jason Holding and 25-year-old were fired.
Mayor Jack Seiler said city and department leadership agreed that termination was appropriate.
The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #31 represents the officers. FOP President Jack Lokeinsky said in a statement that everyone is entitled to due process, and the officers have the right to a fair review of the facts.