A Baton Rouge, La., police officer has resigned after racist text messages he sent surfaced.

Officer Michael Elsbury

The officer, Michael Elsbury, submitted his letter of resignation just one day after the story broke on WBRZ-TV, Baton Rouge’s ABC affiliate, and after the head of the state’s NAACP chapter called for his resignation or firing.

According to the Sept. 3 report by WBRZ, Elsbury sent a number of racist text messages including one that read, “They are nothing but a bunch of monkeys. The only reason they have this job is the n*gg*r, n*gg*r in them.”

Another text invoked the killing of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last month.

“I wish someone would pull a Ferguson on them and take them out,” texted Elsbury. “I hate looking at those African Monkeys at work….I enjoy arresting those thugs with their saggy pants.”

In response to Elsbury’s bigoted statements, NAACP State President Ernest Johnson said he would seek the officer’s removal from office.

“I will reach out to the Baton Rouge NAACP president, Michael Mcclanahan. He and I will reach out to the mayor and chief of police and call for the resignation and firing today,” Johnson was quoted as saying by WBRZ.

On Sept. 4, Elsbury handed in his letter of resignation. He had served on the force for 15 years and had no prior disciplinary history, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department.

The population of Baton Rouge is almost 54 percent African-American, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.


Roberto Alejandro

Special to the AFRO