San Diego police are investigating a video that features images of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and a bigoted slur aimed at Mayor Todd Gloria that’s been making its around the department.
The video, which includes commentary that “negatively portrays the community and department leadership,” came to light last weekend and features altered images from “Downfall,” a 2004 German-language war drama, police spokesman Lt. Shawn Takeuchi told Times of San Diego Friday.
“This video is extremely disturbing and offensive,” said Takeuchi, noting that “hateful speech of any kind” will not be tolerated by San Diego police.
It’s unknown whether the video , which department leadership learned about last Saturday, was an in-house job or made by someone outside of the department, Takeuchi said Friday, noting the SDPD is “still investigating to determine who was involved in creating it.
“If the video was created by a department member, Chief [David] Nisleit will take swift action. This is not who we are as a department,” said the lieutenant. “This is not who we are as San Diegans.”
It’s believed the video may have been a result of resentment regarding disciplinary actions that might be facing some members of the department, following the start of an internal investigation regarding “officers eating inside a restaurant during the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders,” explained Takeuchi.
Gloria, the first openly gay mayor of the California city, was targeted in the video with a subtitled homophobic comment superimposed over clips from “Downfall.”
“Clearly,” Takeuchi said, “Whoever created the video was angry that the department took swift action to investigate and is still investigating that incident” of indoor dining.