Chief: fire Mass. cop who slurred Red Sox player
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The police officer accused of yelling a racial slur at Red Sox Carl Crawford had a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday.
The Leominster police chief is recommending that the officer in question be fired. The chief added the incident with Crawford is not the first time the officer has made “repugnant comments.”
John Perrault, 38, emerged from an hour-long hearing Wednesday after his acting chief gave the only testimony.
“I suggest termination to be the sole and appropriate discipline,” said Chief Robert Healey.
Perrault faces losing his job for yelling an alleged racial slur at Crawford during a minor league game in Manchester, N.H. on July 5. The word he used is not generally known to most people as a slur.
One of Perrault’s relatives went to the game with him.
“It has nothing to do with race. It was all him being an overrated player,” said James Milonas, the officer’s cousin.
Perrault’s attorney didn’t call any witnesses, including the officer himself, but insisted he did not use the offensive word in a racist way.
“We’ve all called ballplayers bums because of a failure to perform,” said defense attorney Joseph Sandulli.
The chief said he has since learned Perrault called NBA players by a better known racial slur while drinking and watching a game at a Leominster pub. Perrault also allegedly made an offensive remark to an African American man wearing a Guinness shirt at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston this year.
The mayor said he has two days under civil service rules to decide what to do with Perrault.