San Jose police officer out after internal probe finds racist text messages

Police officers speak with a local resident as emergency responders respond to a fire at the house of the suspect of a shooting, after nine people were reported dead including the shooter on May 26, 2021 at the San Jose Railyard in San Jose, California. - Multiple people were killed in a shooting Wednesday at a rail yard in California's Bay Area, police said, the latest instance of deadly gun violence in the United States. "I can't confirm the exact number of injuries and fatalities. But I will tell you that there are multiple injuries and multiple fatalities in this case," Russell Davis, a Santa Clara County Sheriff's deputy, told journalists, adding that the gunman was dead. (Photo by Amy Osborne / AFP) (Photo by AMY OSBORNE/AFP via Getty Images)
In a file photo, San Jose police officers respond to a fire at the house of a shooting suspect in 2021. (AFP via Getty Images)

A San Jose police officer is off the force after an internal investigation revealed a slew of racist text messages sent to another officer, including one that said, “I hate black people,” The Times has confirmed.

Mark McNamara resigned Wednesday after being notified of the probe into his texts, Police Chief Anthony Mata told the Mercury News.

In a statement, Mata said the “disgusting” text messages were discovered during an unrelated investigation, and a separate probe was immediately launched looking into the texts.

“There is zero tolerance for even a single expression of racial bias at the San José Police Department,” Mata said. “If any employee's racial bias rears its ugly head, rest assured that I will take immediate action to ensure they are not part of this organization.”

Mata’s statement included 10 pages of texts sent by McNamara, many of which were presumably referencing a March 2022 incident in which McNamara shot K’aun Green, a Black college student, after Green helped break up a fight at a taqueria near San Jose State University.

One text, dated a day after the shooting, said “N— wanted to carry a gun in the Wild West.” A following text said “Not on my watch haha.”

Green sued the city, and McNamara sent texts attacking his legal team.

“They should all be bowing to me and bringing me gifts since I saved a fellow n— by making his rich as f—. Otherwise he woulda lived a life of poverty and crime,” one text said.

The texts were sent to a current employee of the police department, who responded with “concerning dialogue,” according to Mata. That employee was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

“There is nothing more sickening than a person in power abusing their position,” said San Jose Mayor Matt Mahan in a statement. “I will sleep better tonight knowing that this individual is no longer carrying a badge and gun.”

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