Texas officers on leave over racist e-mail about Obama

Fort Worth Star-TelegramJuly 23, 2009 

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — 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.

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