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Boston Cop Suspended After Racial Slur on Gates

Calls him 'jungle monkey' in email
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2009 5:54 PM CDT
Boston Cop Suspended After Racial Slur on Gates
Henry Louis Gates Jr. in 2006.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

(Newser) – The fallout from the Henry Louis Gates arrest continues: A Boston cop has been suspended for referring to Gates as a "jungle monkey" in an email, the Globe reports. Officer Justin Barrett, 36, faces a disciplinary hearing next week and could be fired. He used the phrase while describing media coverage of the arrest to members of the National Guard. The flap comes a day before Gates and arresting officer James Crowley have beers at the White House.

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"Commissioner Davis was made aware that Officer Barrett was the author of correspondence which included racially charged language," said a department spokeswoman. "At that time, (he) immediately stripped Officer Barrett of his gun and badge." (Read more Henry Louis Gates Jr stories.)

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