The San Francisco police chief says three officers accused of sending racist and homophobic text messages will be suspended, and he's recommending they be fired.

Television station KGO (http://abc7ne.ws/19OC8Ip ) reports that police Chief Greg Suhr confirmed Thursday that the department will start the process of firing at least three of the 13 officers under investigation in the scandal. The suspensions are expected by Friday afternoon, and Suhr says more suspensions will come soon.

Authorities say the texts targeting blacks, Mexicans, Filipinos and gay men were sent between 2011 and 2012 and discovered by federal authorities investigating a former sergeant convicted of corruption and sentenced to prison.

Attorneys for two of the officers have said their clients regret sending the messages. Another officer tied to the inquiry has resigned.

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Information from: KGO-TV.