SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) -- San Francisco's police chief has ordered that all of his officers attend an anti-harassment class, "effective immediately."
The directive from Police Chief Greg Suhr was issued after more transcripts of a former lieutenant and two former officers exchanging racist text messages were released this week.
Suhr was scheduled to hold a news conference Friday morning at 11 a.m. to outline the other steps he's taking to combat bias in the department.
The San Francisco police department has been reeling after a series of inflammatory text messages between police officers were made public.
The controversy is the result of an investigation into former Officer Jason Lai, who resigned earlier this month. He's been charged with misusing department and DMV databases After searching his personal cell phone, authorities said they found racist and homophobic texts that he sent to other officers.
According San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, some of the texts Lai sent included offensive words to describe Mexicans, African Americans, homeless people and gay people.
Lai's text was the second such incident involving the police department. Last year, over a dozen officers were also accused of exchanging racist text messages. Suhr has described the language contained in them as "reprehensible."
"I have the same visceral reaction every single time," Suhr said recently. "It literally makes me sick to my stomach . . . And I apologize to the public. We are better than this."
The San Francisco Police Officers' Association has also weighed in on the controversy.
The group has previously issued a statement saying it "strongly and unequivocally condemns this appalling behavior. This disgusting, racist language, by a few officers, is not reflective of the over 2,100 members who wear the uniform of the SFPD. The POA has strongly suggested that these three people leave their employment with our department and they have since done so. This conduct will not be tolerated in the SFPD, nor in the POA."