Fired racist cop robs a bank while on bond

Rain Olson Daugherty (Image Source: SFPD)

A disgraced San Francisco cop fired over racist text messages is now a criminal behind bars. Rain Olson Daugherty has been fighting his termination from the police force since 2015. At the time investigators uncovered a group of officers sending text messages that included talk of burning crosses, killing Blacks and homophobic remarks. Daugherty and other officers, in that case, filed a lawsuit when fired and were under appeal with a disciplinary hearing of the San Francisco Police Department. But during this time, Daugherty must have had some hard luck because he is accused of robbing a bank.

On Nov. 29, 2018, Daugherty is accused of walking to East West Bank Branch and handing the teller a note, according to the San Francisco Examiner. That note demanded $50 and $100 bills and Daugherty allegedly told the teller “Calm down, just do it.”

He walked out of the bank with $9,050 in cash and apparently made good on his escape. When investigators looked at the CCTV footage, they were able to get a clear shot of Daugherty, who was wearing a plaid shirt, baseball cap and no sort of disguise. When the FBI circulated the image, members of the SFPD Internal Affairs Division recognized Daugherty and he was arrested on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, and charged with bank robbery. But Daugherty was also under investigation for another case of theft. In July 2018, San Mateo, California, prosecutors charged him with felony theft of $24K from an elderly neighbor and four counts misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. He had been out on a $100K bond in that case when he was arrested this week for the bank robbery.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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