Police Officer In Boston Fired After Using Racial Slur On Red Sox Player
It’s three strikes and you’re out for a Boston cop who has been fired after using a racial slur on a Red Sox player…
A Massachusetts police officer has been sacked after shouting a racial insult at Boston Red Sox star Carl Crawford.
The black outfielder was signing autographs before a game in New Hampshire when he was branded a ‘Monday’ by a heckler in the stands.
The comment was traced back to off-duty officer John Perreault, who has a history of being racially offensive, Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella said.
The term ‘Monday’ can be used as a racist statement towards African-Americans and in some cases is tantamount to calling them a ‘n*****’, according to the Urban Dictionary.
It comes from the common dislike for the first day of the working week and is often used in the hope the abused person will not be aware it is an insult.
In a letter informing Perreault of his decision to fire him, Mazzarella said: ‘Your actions are so egregious that severe discipline is warranted.
‘There is simply no place for your behavior in the workplace and there is no place for someone who exhibits such objectionable behavior in the Leominster Police Department.’
Mazzarella’s decision comes a day after Police Chief Robert Healey recommended during a disciplinary hearing that the mayor fire Perrault, saying he’d used racial slurs at least twice before.
Perreault’s attorney, Joseph Sandulli, said his client would either appeal through the civil service commission or file a grievance through the police union. Sandulli said Perreault didn’t intend the word as a racist insult and the city overreacted.
‘He was criticizing Crawford for being a bad player, not because he was a black man,’ Sandulli said.
A Red Sox spokeswoman said the team would have no comment on the decision.
Perreault had been on paid leave since he called Crawford a ‘Monday’ before a July 5 minor league game in Manchester, N.H.
Crawford was playing with a Red Sox minor league affiliate while rehabilitating a wrist injury and Perreault attended the game while off duty.
After Perreault taunted Crawford, the outfielder notified stadium officials.
In the termination notice, Mazzarella cited previous alleged racist remarks by Perreault, including when he repeatedly used a racial slur in a bar while watching black NBA players.
In another instance at Leominster’s St Patrick’s Day celebration, Perreault saw a black man wearing a shirt displaying the name of the Irish beer Guinness, and commented to him ‘I didn’t know they serve Guinness in Africa.’
Mazzarella said Perreault’s Facebook page also contained racially insensitive content and said the officer had even referred to his Monday comment as ‘priceless’ on there.
Sandulli said two superior officers with Perreault at the parade clearly didn’t consider the remark improper because they didn’t report it, even though they’re obligated to report anything that violates department rules.
He said Perrault’s alleged remarks at the bar were hearsay because the city relied on a written statement and never produced the witness for questioning.
Also, Sandulli said, almost no one at the hearing, including Perreault, was previously aware that Monday can be used as a racist term.
‘He feels strongly he didn’t mean the comment in a racial way, and he’s not a racist, and he wants to establish that,’ Sandulli said.
But Mazzarella didn’t believe Perreault’s explanations.
‘In arriving at this conclusion, I did not check common sense at the door,’ he wrote, adding the word Monday was ‘certainly directed at Mr Crawford’s race.’
Perreault is considering an appeal.
SMH. When are people going to learn? That isht they used to get away with pullin’ ain’t going over like that anymore. You would have thought this guy learned his lesson the last time but nooooo, he’s still out here slangin’ racial slurs!