Mayor fires officer who slurred Carl Crawford
LEOMINSTER, Mass. (WHDH) -- A Leominster police officer was fired Thursday after allegedly making racist remarks toward Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford.
Crawford said it happened during a rehab start in New Hampshire.
Mayor Dean Mazzarella said Officer John Perrault’s comments and actions show he’s unfit to serve on the city’s police force. Mazzarella outlined four allegations where Perrault used racial slurs in conversations at a pub during the NBA basketball season and comments at a pub on St. Patrick’s Day, among other instances.
These accusations came after Perrault allegedly used a racial slur toward Crawford during a July 5 minor league game in Manchester, N.H.
The Leominster police chief investigated the complaint. Perrault was off duty at the time, but the mayor learned he had identified himself as a police officer during questioning.
“When you show your badge, you’re saying, ‘I’m a police officer,’ you’re representing yourself as a police officer. I don’t think he did a good job representing himself at the game,” said Mayor Dean Mazzarella.
“I’m relieved. I’m relieved for myself, I’m relieved for the officers, I’m relieved for the city” said Interim Chief Robert Healey, Leominster Police Department.
The mayor wrote in a letter saying, “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..."
Perrault will appeal to the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission but it may take years for the case to be heard.