By Associated Press - Friday, March 20, 2015

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Officials say four Fort Lauderdale police officers have lost their jobs following an investigation into a racist video and text messages.

Police Chief Frank Adderley said during a news conference Friday that the officers didn’t engage in criminal conduct, but their behavior was inexcusable.

Officials say the case came to light when a woman filed a complaint in October about the video and messages.

Officials say 22-year-old Alex Alvarez resigned, while 30-year-old James Wells, 31-year-old Jason Holding and 25-year-old Christopher Sousa were fired.

Mayor Jack Seiler said city and department leadership agreed that termination was appropriate.



The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #31 represents the officers. FOP President Jack Lokeinsky said in a statement that everyone is entitled to due process, and the officers have the right to a fair review of the facts.

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