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Leominster Cop Fired After Using Racial Slur Against Sox' Crawford

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A Leominster police officer who was accused of using a racial slur against Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford has been fired.

Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella announced the decision against Officer John Perrault Thursday, following a disciplinary hearing Wednesday.

The Lowell Sun details the incident with Crawford:

Perreault on July 5 was attending a minor-league game in Manchester, N.H., when he yelled the term "Monday" — which can be interpreted as a slur against black people — at Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, who playing a game there as part of rehabilitation.

During Wednesday's disciplinary hearing, the mayor accepted eight exhibits of evidence and heard testimony from Leominster's police chief, who recommended that Perrault be fired for a "disturbing pattern of conduct," according to the Sun.

According to the Sun, Perrault's lawyer said the pattern of conduct is based on hearsay.

"Your actions are so egregious that severe discipline is warranted," Mazzarella wrote to Perrault in his notice of termination. "There is simply no place for your behavior in the Leominster Police Department, or any City department, for that matter."

This program aired on July 26, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.


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