GRAND PRAIRIE — Four Grand Prairie police officers and a dispatcher are on paid administrative leave after a racist e-mail about President Barack Obama was circulated, and the local NAACP chapter is asking whether a recent round of diversity training was for naught.
The e-mail came from outside the department, but the officers opened and/or forwarded it, said Detective John Brimmer, a Grand Prairie police spokesman.
The department was "forced to go through diversity training two years ago, and this is what we get," Preston Dixon, vice president of the Grand Prairie chapter of the NAACP, said at a news conference Wednesday.
"Since they’ve gone through diversity training, then they knew better and should be fired," he said. Dixon’s wife, a Police Department employee, has filed an unrelated discrimination suit against the department.
Police did not release the e-mail. "These are some good officers who have worked at the department for a long time that made a serious lapse in judgment," Brimmer said. "You can’t do much about an unsolicited e-mail, but what you do after you open it is on you."
The officers appear to have violated a department policy that forbids employees from using city-owned computers for personal business, Brimmer said.
They should release the email so we know what was being passed around. The fact that these bozos were suspended means that it had to be pretty horrible.