Q: What did one sheriff's deputy say to the other sheriff's deputy? A: "I'll stab a coon."

That's one of several "racially insensitive jokes" that five officers in Montgomery County, Ohio reportedly texted one another between November 2011 and January 2013, including knee-slappers like "I hate niggers. That is all."

Capt. Thomas Flanders and Detective Michael Sollenberger were placed on indefinite paid leave this week after NAACP Dayton President Derrick Foward showed the texts to Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer, WHIO-TV reports.

"The N-word was used several times as well as other racial slurs and jokes," said the sheriff. "Racism will not be tolerated in this office."

Plummer said his investigation was "in its early stages" and would not name the three officers implicated by the texts who have not been suspended.

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