Seven Lynn police officers are being investigated for allegations of off-duty drug use and making racist statements, the Lynn Item reports.
According to the newspaper, the investigation was initiated after one of the officers was arrested in Salem on a domestic violence warrant in response to texts he sent to the alleged victim. While those charges were dropped, a review of the officer’s text messages and emails for the investigation revealed a group chat with six other officers in which they talked about use of cocaine and steroids.
The officers also allegedly used racial slurs and described violence against Black people, according to the Item.
In a statement obtained by WHDH, the department said its Professional Standards Division is investigating the officers, including the “inappropriate language” used by two officers in a private text conversation.
But the department said the allegations reported in the media that all seven officers are being investigated for “intended violence toward Black people is not accurate.”
“There has been no evidence discovered at this point in the investigation to support the media reports of intended violence toward any racial group,” the department said, according to WHDH.
Acting Police Chief Lenny Desmarais told CBS Boston the two officers used “racially insensitive language” in their communications.
“There were no officers planning violence against persons of color and also that’s not something we’d put up with anyways,” Desmarais told the station.
All of the officers were drug tested last week, according to CBS Boston.
The names of the officers involved have not been released.
The police department has been in touch with the Essex County District Attorney’s office about the investigation, according to WHDH.
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