SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A group of San Francisco Police officers who were suspended over racist text messages will be back on the force with back pay after a judge ruled Monday that charges were filed too late.

“The department was aware of the allegations of misconduct, and yet they specifically set them aside and did nothing for many years,” Allison Berry Wilkinson, an attorney for the officers said Monday.

At issue was a slew of racist and homophobic messages between ten officers that were uncovered in part of a federal corruption case. SFPD was told by the feds to take no action.

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