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Leominster, Mass., chief says officer in Crawford case used slurs
An off-duty Massachusetts police officer accused of using a racial slur against Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford in Manchester uttered racial slurs on other occasions and should be fired, the Leominster, Mass., police chief said during a public hearing Wednesday.
Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella said after the hearing that he has until Friday to rule on a punishment for Officer John Perreault. The officer could receive anything from a five-day, unpaid suspension to termination, he said.
Mazzarella said that during the hearing, Leominster Chief Robert Healey “established, in his opinion, there was a pattern of conduct” involving the officer using racial slurs on multiple occasions.
Perreault, who is white, told Manchester police that he called Crawford, who is black, a “Monday” before a July 5 New Hampshire Fisher Cats game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, according to a Manchester police report.
That word also can be interpreted as derogatory towards black people.
Crawford at the time was rehabbing with the Portland Sea Dogs, a Red Sox minor league affiliate.
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