Three Fort Lauderdale officers appeal firings over racist video

Author: Associated Press
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Three Fort Lauderdale police officers fired over their links to a racist video and text messages are appealing their dismissals.

Ex-officers Jason Holding, James Wells and Christopher Sousa met for 15 minutes each Wednesday with Chief Frank Adderley. Adderley told the South Florida Sun Sentinel the officers hope to reduce the discipline they received.

Investigators say the three were linked to a video that included a fake image of President Barack Obama wearing gold teeth, images of a Ku Klux Klan hood and a police dog attacking a black man.

The Broward State Attorney’s Office has dropped charges in numerous cases involving the ex-officers in which the defendants are black.

The appeals process could take more than a year.

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