San Jose Police Officer Mark McNamara has resigned from the force after an internal investigation uncovered a series of racist text messages sent to another officer. The texts, including one stating “I hate black people,” were discovered during an unrelated investigation and prompted a separate probe into McNamara’s conduct. Police Chief Anthony Mata confirmed the resignation and expressed his disgust at the content of the messages.
The text messages, which spanned over 10 pages, were sent by McNamara and referenced a March 2022 incident in which he shot K’aun Green, a Black college student, after Green intervened in a fight near San Jose State University. One text, dated a day after the shooting, read, “N— wanted to carry a gun in the Wild West,” followed by another saying, “Not on my watch haha.” McNamara also sent texts attacking Green’s legal team after he sued the city.
The recipient of the texts, a current employee of the police department, responded with “concerning dialogue,” according to Chief Mata. This employee has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.
San Jose Mayor Matt Mahan condemned McNamara’s actions, stating, “There is nothing more sickening than a person in power abusing their position.” He expressed relief that McNamara is no longer part of the police force.
The San Jose Police Department has a zero-tolerance policy for racial bias, and Chief Mata assured that immediate action would be taken against any employee displaying such behavior.