DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton chapter of the NAACP says it is pleased with the outcome of an investigation into racially charged texts between several Montgomery County sheriff deputies.
You saw Sheriff Phil Plummer live at WDTN.com when he announced his decision to fire Captain Tom Flanders and Detective Michael Sollenberger. He said both were terminated for insubordination and unethical conduct.
NAACP President Derrick Foward said while the texts were disturbing, he believes the sheriff took the proper action. He says some of the texts were supposed to be jokes, while others clearly were not. They were, as he called them, “racist”.
“We are pleased with the outcome that two of the major defenders in this text case were terminated,” said Foward. “Our sheriff, Phil Plummer, has set a precedent for this nation as to how you can go against the grain of your fraternity in the name of justice and that’s exactly what the sheriff did.”
Foward also said the chapter is satisfied that the three other deputies involved with the text episodes were disciplined. They were all suspended for a various amounts of time based on their involvement.
The NAACP received a complaint by a citizen in regards to the texts in August 2014. They fully investigated before handing over the case to the sheriff. They have also handed the case over to the Department of Justice for review.