San Francisco can move forward with disciplinary proceedings against police officers caught exchanging racist and homophobic text messages after the California Supreme Court rejected the officers' case.
The high court on Wednesday unanimously declined to hear an appeal by the officers of a lower court ruling in May that reinstated the disciplinary proceedings.
A call after hours to the police union was not immediately returned.
The inappropriate text messages emerged during a 2012 federal corruption investigation of a former officer, but San Francisco police department administrators weren't notified of the texts until a jury found him guilty in December 2014.
A trial court judge cited a California statute of limitations law requiring that officers be punished within a year of their transgressions. An appellate court reversed that decision.