Two higher ranking Montgomery County Sheriff deputies are on paid administrative leave after a complaint accusing them and three other deputies of exchanging racially insensitive text messages reports WDTN.

WDTN is also reporting that Captain Thomas Flanders and Detective Michael Sollenberger, both suspended on paid administrative leave, were two of the five under investigation after a complaint from the Dayton Unit NAACP. The three other deputies were not publicly named.


Another television station, WKEF, reached Detective Sollenberger, who offered no comment.

A sample of some of the texts contained in documents obtained by WKEF:

* “I hate N*ggers. That is all.”

* “What do apples and black people have in common? They both hang from trees."

* "We stopped at a Walmart in Birmingham, there are a lot of Black people in Alabama. It's all Martin Luther Kings fault."

* “Very simply put, they’re N*ggers, son.”