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Officer faces firing over Crawford slur

Boston Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford (13) in 2011. UPI/ Mark Goldman
Boston Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford (13) in 2011. UPI/ Mark Goldman | License Photo

BOSTON, July 26 (UPI) -- The police chief of the central Leominster, Mass., says he wants to fire an officer accused of calling Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford a racial slur.

Officer John Perrault was attending a minor league game in New Hampshire last month when he called Crawford a seldom used slur, WBZ, Boston, reported.

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The incident occurred July 5 and the officer was placed on leave last week.

Chief Robert Healey told an administrative hearing Wednesday firing Perrault was the only appropriate disciplinary action.

Testimony during the hearing revealed Perrault bragged on Facebook about making the racial slur and he had been accused of making racially insensitive remarks on other occasions.

Perrault attorney Joe Sandulli said the officer's comment was not a slur, but rather was said "to disparage a ballplayer who was having a bad stretch, not hitting the ball, and [was from] a fan simply criticizing him."

The mayor has 48 hours to decide Perrault's fate. The officer would have 10 days to appeal any disciplinary action or termination.

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