Leominster mayor Dean Mazzarella, stating that John Perrault’s comment was proof that he’s unfit to serve as a police officer, today affirmed police chief Robert Healey’s recommendation that Perrault be fired.
In a letter to Perrault, Mazzarella wrote “”Your actions are so egregious that severe discipline is warranted.” Okay, fine, fire a guy for calling somebody a Monday… but “so egregious”? Seriously?? Leave some room to describe the use of the major-league racial epithets, okay?
July 25, 2012:
At a disciplinary hearing today, Leominster police chief Robert Healey recommended that police officer John Perrault, who called ballplayer Carl Crawford “Monday” at a minor league baseball game earlier this month, be fired. “Monday” is apparently an anti-black ethnic slur.
Healey said that Perrault had made two other “repugnant comments” in the past (without elaborating), though Perrault’s attorney countered that there had never been any complaints filed against him. Healey also said that Perrault had in the past “repeatedly violated department standards,” also without elaboration, which suggests that there’s something more personal at play here, and Perrault calling Carl Crawford “Monday” might have just been a good excuse to get him off the force.
The mayor (who, remember, apologized to Crawford for Perrault’s comment) has 48 hours to sign off on Healey’s recommendation
Leominster, Massachusetts police officer John Perrault has been suspended, and could face dismissal at his disciplinary hearing July 25, for “conduct unbecoming an officer” at a July 5 Portland Sea Dogs minor league baseball game in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Perrault (who is white, and was off duty and out of uniform) shouted a racial epithet at outfielder Carl Crawford (who is black, and a Boston Red Sox player working his way back to the majors after a wrist injury).
The racial epithet in question was not The Racial Epithet That Dare Not Speak Its Name: Perrault called Crawford “Monday.” Which apparently is a racial slur related to the fact that people don’t like Mondays. Or something like that.
It’s very likely that Perrault and Crawford were the only two people in Hadlock Field that day who were aware that “Monday” is a racial slur.
Crawford complained to the management of the Sea Dogs, who apologized to him. The Leominster mayor and police chief also apologized to Crawford.
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