Cops Accused of Sending Racist E-Mails Suspended

By Stacy Morrow
|  Wednesday, Aug 5, 2009  |  Updated 8:00 PM CDT
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Cops Accused of Sending Racist E-Mails Suspended

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Three police officers are among four employees suspended for sending offensive and inappropriate e-mails and violating the city's equipment use policy, the Grand Prairie Police Department said Wednesday.

The move came two weeks after Grand Prairie police said they were investigating allegations that some officers used city equipment to send offensive e-mails about President Barack Obama.

Officers Tommy Hendrick, Mark Calvert and Michael Diaz have been suspended for 21 days without pay.

Another employee, Debra Willis, who works in the Public Safety Communications Center, was suspended for 28 days without pay.

“This incident is not indicative of our department or of the individuals involved," Chief Glen Hill said in a news release. "We are anxious to move forward and continue building a strong partnership with the community founded on the department’s core values of commitment, pride and respect.”

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