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“Indian ppl are disgusting” racist texts sent by San Francisco Police officer, documents show

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San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — “Burns down the Walgreens and kill the bums,” one text message reads.

“I hate that beaner,” another says, “but I think the nig is worse.”

“Indian people are disgusting.”

Obtained by CNN, these and other racist and homophobic were all text messages allegedly sent by a San Francisco police officer revealed in the center of an ongoing scandal in the department. The report states these are just a few of the dozen texts obtained which were sent and received by Officer Jason Lai, who resigned his post at the department earlier this month, according to a spokesman.

Dan Nobles, Lai’s attorney, said the texts were “not reflective of who he is” and that “there is no evidence he carried out any of those sentiments as an officer.” Nobles added the six-year-veteran of the force was “well-liked and well-loved on his beat.”

Nobles said the texts were seized from his client’s personal cellphone and had been exchanged between some of his closest friends on the force as well as people he had befriended on his police beat.

“It’s hard to say any of those things in context,” Nobles said, “but there is context to it.”

However, the department is facing is second racism scandal in as many years, and could undermine Chief Greg Suhr’s claim that the problem is limited to a handful of officers. Recently, allegations have been made that the department is suffering from a broader cultural problems within the ranks.

The texts were seized from Officer Jason Lai's personal phone. He's resigned from the department.

The texts were seized from Officer Jason Lai’s personal phone. He’s resigned from the department.

During a press conference Tuesday, a visibly emotional Suhr said reading Lai’s, and other SFPD officer’s text messages, “literally makes me sick to my stomach.” He offered the public an apology, saying, “we are better than this.” He said text messages sent by three other officers who have been implicated in the scandal were “no less reprehensible,” than those sent by Lai. Suhr continued by saying he has “no tolerance for officers who hold such reprehensible views.”

“The message is clear to both the officers in the department and the public: We will not have this in the San Francisco Police Department,” he said. “The culture of this police department is, you demonstrate yourself to be a racist and a homophobe, and you’re not going to be a police officer in San Francisco.”

By the end of 2016, Suhr said he plans to have the entire department undergo “bias training” to help ensure his officers understand and embrace that mission statement.

“I have already taken that training as has the entire command staff,” he said.

When a reporter asked Suhr if he plans to step down from his post, he vehemently replied, “I don’t have any plans to resign. I plan to move the department forward in the fashion I’m discussing with you right now.”

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Exclusive: Judges Srinivasan, Rao kickoff SABA virtual conference

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Diya TV is home to the South Asian Bar Association virtual conference this weekend, which got kicked off by perhaps the two most powerful Indian American lawyers in the nation: Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan & Circuit Judge Neomi Rao, both of whom serve in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, considered the second most powerful court in the nation to only the Supreme Court. We’ll update you on their conversation and preview this weekend’s virtual gala featuring Stacy Abrams, Preet Bharara, Vanita Gupta, Ajit Pai and many others.

Meanwhile, Judges Srinivasan and Rao may get another Indian American colleague, as President Trump nominated Vijay Shanker to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Democratic Party announced they will be conducting their convention virtually from Milwaukee.

Indian American Jeremy Cooney is leading in the race for New York State’s 56th Senate District, with absentee ballots still to be factored in.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Satellite images show larger Chinese presence at Indian border

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LADAKH, India (Diya TV)  — While the ongoing fracas between India and China has not led to all-out war yet, satellite images indicate China is sending a larger group of troops and building infrastructure in Galwan Valley, site of that vicious clash that killed 20 Indian troops, and a reported 43 Chinese soldiers. It was the first loss of life in battle for the Chinese in more than 40 years. U.S. intelligence decreed China instigated the battle and India says China has been staffing up in the area since May. Following the release of the satellite images, China says India is to blame.

The U.S. is regressing in its battle against COVID-19, setting a new single day record for coronavirus cases at more than 37,000. The virus has infected nearly 10 million people globally, a quarter of that total in the U.S. The death toll now stands at 125,000 in the United States, with Florida, Texas, Arizona and California seeing major increases.

Pakistani-American Qasim Rashid advanced in the Democratic primary in Virginia’s First Congressional District. ​He’ll take on longtime incumbent Republican Congressman Robert Wittman in the fall.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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As critics fume, Modi says India was not breached by China

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV)  — During an all-party political leaders meeting, Indian Prime Minister Modi told the group China did not breach Indian territory in Ladakh, nor was any Indian Army border post captured. Modi emphasized India will protect Galwan Valley, the region where the clash killing 20 Indian soldiers and a reported 43 Chinese soldiers took place. But Modi’s critics say the situation was an intelligence failure and many want Modi to strike back with force. Meanwhile, in a statement, the Chinese Government pinned the conflict on India and is laying claim to the entire valley region.

India was elected as a Non-Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council for a 2-year term starting next year, receiving 184 out of 192 valid votes.

And in a wild Friday night surprise, the Justice Department said Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York would be stepping down, to be replaced by Jay Clayton, the current Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. But in a statement, Berman said he’s not leaving until Congress confirms someone & his investigations, including into folks allied with President Trump, will continue.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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