Months after Cleveland.com reported that two Cleveland police officers were under investigation for using racial slurs in text messages, the existence of which was revealed after the police union filed a lawsuit
seeking to prevent them from being disciplined because they were not the target of the initial investigation, had sent the messages on personal cell phones, and were off duty at the time, we finally know the exact context of the messages.
Details of the internal report, finally released to Cleveland.com last Friday
, showed that Cleveland police officer John Kraynik casually dropped the n-word in multiple texts to a retired cop in reference to Ohio State football games.
"All that 'n——r flash', once again, losing out to good old-fashioned hard-nosed football," read one. (To be clear, he spelled out the word and did so in the following ones as well.)
"F——-g n——-s can't play qb," read another.
"F——-g n——-s!" read a third.
You get the idea. If Kraynik used the language about college football players he was watching on TV, you can only imagine what sort of language he might be using when talking about the residents he serves, a large majority of which are African-American in Fourth District where he works.
Kraynik was ordered to undergo sensitivity training. (For what it's worth, that less-than-a-slap-on-the-wrist punishment is contrasted this week with a Dunkin Donuts employee who was fired for refusing to serve Frank Garmback, the officer who drove the cruiser within yards of Tamir Rice before the teen's death. The union was "grateful"
the no-doubt minimum wage employee was dismissed.)
Kraynik and then partner Phillip Habeeb, if you'll remember, shot and killed 15-year-old Brandon McCloud in 2005
. A grand jury declined the indict them for the teen's death.
Cleveland police officer Aaron Petitt, who himself has a checkered history, was the other cop tangled up in the investigation. He sent texts to the same retired cop using a slur for Muslims, though there's some debate on the context and meaning of what he sent. More on that can be found at the bottom of the Cleveland.com story.