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Palm Springs police chief apologizes for calling gays ‘filthy mother f——-’

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

David Dominguez

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Palm Springs Police Chief David Dominguez has issued an apology for remarks he made during 2009 a sex sting in the Warm Sands neighborhood that targeted gay men.

“What a bunch of filthy mother-fuckers,” Dominguez was heard saying on a recording during the investigation.

“You guys should get paid extra for this,” he said to his officers.

“An inappropriate comment made by me did not display the utmost professional conduct expected from the chief of police and I sincerely apologize to the community at large,” Dominguez said, after the city issued a report on the incident.

The sting operation in June 2009 was conducted in response to what police said were complaints about drug use, public sex and prostitution, but some people complained that police were targeting gay men unfairly. The sting netted about 2 dozen arrests.

Attorney Roger Tansey, who is defending six men who were arrested during the sting, said police acted with discriminatory intent. According to court documents, another officer was overheard using the slur “cocksuckers.”

For months Dominguez had disputed allegations that he was the officer who made the slur.

City Manager David Ready also offered his apology, saying a report on the sting showed police were unprofessional and made offensive comments.

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20 more reader comments:

  1. u fuckin better

    Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 6:15pm
  2. A public figure apologizing means nothing until his actions back up his words.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 6:16pm
  3. It shouldnt have been said to begin with Im tired of everybody in the media picking on the gays just stop and let us live our lives!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 6:17pm
  4. He wouldn’t have his job if he’d have called a black man a “nigger,” why is he still employed?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 6:19pm
  5. funny because Palm Springs has gays EVERYWHERE, but wait so does anywhere else. Fire his fuckin ass!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 6:32pm
  6. look, he didn’t call them “filthy fucking faggots”, I’m not condoning his remarks but IT IS fucking gross to be having sex in public, gay, straight or otherwise! Get a fucking room and you’d never be in a position to be called ANYTHING!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 6:41pm
  7. Forgive him. It’s much more humble.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 6:42pm
  8. that guy should be fired!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 6:50pm
  9. An officer of the law should be professional at his/her job not derogatory and rude.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 6:55pm
  10. *cough cough* he should go to jail for 30 days just for being a prick. *cough cough*

    Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 9:28pm
  11. he can apologize all he wants, you can’t really take back anything wants it comes out your mouth, even if you meant or not

    Posted on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 12:11am
  12. motherfucker I hate cops! I hope he becomes a criminal and goes to jail what a irony. people like that have no ethic.

    Posted on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 1:22am
  13. Why would he say that in the first place? I dont care about his apology, its the principle. Thats, to me, is rude. He probably only apologized so people wouldnt bug him about it. I still dont like it, though.

    Posted on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 8:43am
  14. It’s too late for him to apologize.

    Posted on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 10:44am
  15. I'd like to send that theiving biggot right back to the Riverside Police…he was under investigation there too for multiple issues. I resent paying taxes that go towards Dominquez's salary.

    Posted on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 6:05pm
  16. Both Dominguez and City Manager Ready should be terminated for the lies both have been caught making to cover their asses. Good possibility all charges will be dismissed Jan 20.

    Posted on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 7:38pm
  17. Apology not excepted!

    Posted on Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 10:52pm
  18. Too little…Too LATE… RESIGN or be FIRED!! Next up in Palm Springs we need to be at the next city council meeting DEMANDING he be fired… Dominquez MUST GO Get Angry 2 Get Equal!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 3, 2011 at 4:16pm
  19. Dominquez must GO…David Ready the $250,000 city manager of Palm Springs must fire him… if he doesnt resign. Dominquez slurs us and lies about it for almost a year then apologizes by memo. GUTLESS!!
    We need to be at the next Palm Springs City Council meeting DEMANDING he be fired or quit!!
    You can call David Ready Palm Springs City Manager at 760 322 8362 He has the power to fire Dominquez
    GET ANGRY 2 GET EQUAL

    Posted on Monday, January 3, 2011 at 4:54pm
  20. This is just the tip of the ice berg with Palm , Springs. They appear to be very careful which gay person they go after. It seems if you don’t have a bunch of money to fight your going to be at there mercey.. No police accountability for Palm Springs. Turn in a complaint on a officer and you will not like what happens. It seems to goes no where. It is just a matter of time before someone comes in along side of them and opens up the truth. I seen this happen many years ago in Kansas city.
    So just keep up ypur good work in Palm Springs your already on the radar.Have a nice day.

    Posted on Friday, August 26, 2011 at 9:09am