Chief wants Leominster officer fired for Crawford slur

Jul 25, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Boston.com

The Leominster police chief is seeking the dismissal of a police officer officer who allegedly directed a racial epithet at Red Sox outfielder Carl A Crawford this month during a minor-league game in New Hampshire, according to a media report.

Comments

Showing posts 1 - 10 of10
Rick

Boston, MA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1
Jul 25, 2012
 

Judged:

2

2

2

I hope this coward gets fired. Maybe without a gun and a badge this racist will learn to tone it down.
Devils Advocate

Herndon, VA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#2
Jul 26, 2012
 
I was kinda thinking that if they keep him on the force the problem will take care of itself!
AAA

Windham, ME

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#3
Jul 26, 2012
 
If he indeed is fired the city most likely will have a drawn out legal battle with civil service. Much of the evidence presented at the hearing was hearsay and one witness account of a supposed racist comment was under very questionable circumstances. Also according to the T&G, and incident that happened in Boston, at a bar, was in front of some superiors. This was only brought to the attention of the chief in the last few days. He said the "superiors" were "counciled". From a legal standpoint this officer does have a case to get his job back if he is fired. This could cost Leominster a lot of money both in legal fees and back pay if he is reinstated. Because of the questionable evidence presented at the hearing it might be best to suspend the officer for several months and require him to seek counciling. Much of the evidence presented during the hearing would never be allowed in a court of law, all incidents were off duty with alcohol involved by all, including superiors. We all have made comments in the past that could be considered racist by someone, WE ARE ALL GUILTY of that and anyone who says they have never made a comment that could be considered racist or sexist by someone else is lying. I have listened to racist comments from Al Sharpton and Pat Robinson. The chief is in a position to take a tough stance because a professional baseball player is involved. Mr. Crawford even wants to put this behind him and moveon but that may not happen if this officer is fired.
John White

Paxton, MA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#4
Jul 26, 2012
 
It's a shame that this police officer couldn't exhibit more self-control. He signed the contract that states that his actions MUST be above reproach and the standards for police officers is appropriately high. Although his family has defended him, unfortunately the interim police chief has evidence that this recist behavior has been a "patterm" thus nullifying the defense of his family. In a period of low employment, this officer should have had higher regard for the fact that he has a job today and should have had respect for that position and what is expected. What a shame. It's a commentary on how some people don't want to take responsibility for their actions (including what they say) and to be held accountable for them. We can all learn a lesson from this. Be more sensitive about what we say [even if we "think" it's not all that bad]. No one likes to be yelled at in a condescending manner, all the more-so if the person yelling at you is being offensive in what they say.
Really

Leominster, MA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#5
Jul 26, 2012
 
Zero tolerance is the issue. Do we apply it in all cases or not?
words nor thoughts

Fitchburg, MA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#6
Jul 26, 2012
 

Judged:

1

1

1

I applaud the Leominster Chief of Police and the Leominster Mayor for making the right decision. These two have represented what is expected of its officers.

The earlier decision of suspension with pay sent a much different method. In this incident it is now clear that awaiting a hearing so the officer could be heard was the right decision.

News reporters have deemed "becareful of what you say". I would go further than this by stating; don't be a racist and think that you can also be a police officer.

Holding this officer accountable will go a long way for a better Leominster as the police and the Mayor just clearly stated that it's residents matter. They have also stated that the police department will not allow an officer to be prejudice against any portion of its population.

I applaud all the other officers who came forward concerning these other incidents. You did the right thing. Thank you for your honesty. Your honesty will strengthen your relationship with the community.

All around the Mayor and the police department are to be applauded. God bless you all.

Now for the officer; hopefully he changes his ways and to begins to understand that his behavior and thoughts are wrong and not accepted in society anymore as they should never be accepted.

I really wish that he does change his ways. Some have stated that this officer is hotheaded; I am wondering if this officer was or was not on steroids. I ask because these outburst resemble roid rage.

Since: Feb 10

Location hidden

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#7
Jul 26, 2012
 
AAA wrote:
If he indeed is fired the city most likely will have a drawn out legal battle with civil service. Much of the evidence presented at the hearing was hearsay and one witness account of a supposed racist comment was under very questionable circumstances. Also according to the T&G, and incident that happened in Boston, at a bar, was in front of some superiors. This was only brought to the attention of the chief in the last few days. He said the "superiors" were "counciled". From a legal standpoint this officer does have a case to get his job back if he is fired. This could cost Leominster a lot of money both in legal fees and back pay if he is reinstated. Because of the questionable evidence presented at the hearing it might be best to suspend the officer for several months and require him to seek counciling. Much of the evidence presented during the hearing would never be allowed in a court of law, all incidents were off duty with alcohol involved by all, including superiors. We all have made comments in the past that could be considered racist by someone, WE ARE ALL GUILTY of that and anyone who says they have never made a comment that could be considered racist or sexist by someone else is lying. I have listened to racist comments from Al Sharpton and Pat Robinson. The chief is in a position to take a tough stance because a professional baseball player is involved. Mr. Crawford even wants to put this behind him and moveon but that may not happen if this officer is fired.
The Mayor and Chief have no skin in this game. They are posturing and playing politics. They basically gave this cop a lottery ticket (compliments of the Leominster tax payer) that will be cashed in in a decade or so. The Mayor and Police Chief will be long gone before then and they both know this. Leominster has been there before.
Case in point;
http://masscases.com/cases/app/58/58massappct...
http://www.masscops.com/threads/back-pay-clai...
Wethegunpeople

Leominster, MA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#8
Jul 27, 2012
 

Judged:

1

1

1

If the officer now has a lottery ticket,we are the ones who gave it to him. We tollerate racism, its spoken and plotted everyday out in the open and in back rooms. What do you do when you hear a racial slur? Do you laugh? Go silent? Confront that racist person? This is the first stance in the fight of zero tollerance of the use of the word "Monday" used as a racial slur in refrence to black people. It has always been an issue for other police officers to report racist actions by other officers. Here is an example of where racism comes from and taught from a young age. Remeber, I learnd this as a kid growing up right here in Massachusetts. Eeny meeny miney moe, catch a (the N word) by the toe, if he hollers let him go, if he doesnt, BURN him slow. That is only the tip of the iceburg of racism that exsists in this state and in our country. It needs to stop.
Too funny

Fitchburg, MA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#9
Jul 27, 2012
 

Judged:

1

1

1

Wethegunpeople wrote:
If the officer now has a lottery ticket,we are the ones who gave it to him. We tollerate racism, its spoken and plotted everyday out in the open and in back rooms. What do you do when you hear a racial slur? Do you laugh? Go silent? Confront that racist person? This is the first stance in the fight of zero tollerance of the use of the word "Monday" used as a racial slur in refrence to black people. It has always been an issue for other police officers to report racist actions by other officers. Here is an example of where racism comes from and taught from a young age. Remeber, I learnd this as a kid growing up right here in Massachusetts. Eeny meeny miney moe, catch a (the N word) by the toe, if he hollers let him go, if he doesnt, BURN him slow. That is only the tip of the iceburg of racism that exsists in this state and in our country. It needs to stop.
You sound...stupid. You should remove yourself from the gene pool.
Too bad

Leominster, MA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#10
Jul 27, 2012
 

Judged:

1

1

1

Wethegunpeople wrote:
If the officer now has a lottery ticket,we are the ones who gave it to him. We tollerate racism, its spoken and plotted everyday out in the open and in back rooms. What do you do when you hear a racial slur? Do you laugh? Go silent? Confront that racist person? This is the first stance in the fight of zero tollerance of the use of the word "Monday" used as a racial slur in refrence to black people. It has always been an issue for other police officers to report racist actions by other officers. Here is an example of where racism comes from and taught from a young age. Remeber, I learnd this as a kid growing up right here in Massachusetts. Eeny meeny miney moe, catch a (the N word) by the toe, if he hollers let him go, if he doesnt, BURN him slow. That is only the tip of the iceburg of racism that exsists in this state and in our country. It needs to stop.
I'm sorry you had a messed up childhood. I think most of the others who post were just told as kids to never talk to strangers.

Tell me when this thread is updated: (Registration is not required)

Add to my Tracker Send me an email

Showing posts 1 - 10 of10
Type in your comments below
Name
(appears on your post)
Comments
Characters left: 4000
Type the numbers you see in the image on the right:

Please note by clicking on "Post Comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

10 Users are viewing the Fitchburg Forum right now

Search the Fitchburg Forum:
Topic Updated Last By Comments
boycotting new market basket prices 34 min tim 13
MA Who do you support for U.S. Senate in Massachus... (Oct '10) 7 hr John 4,692
Manager: 'It could be empty tomorrow' 19 hr Pajama People 1
Fitchburg officer charged with drunken driving ... (Nov '10) 21 hr Pajama People 50
Fitchburg mural honors environmentalist Marion ... Sun Pajama People 6
FSU calling for community input on Landry Sun joan 6
Dogs from closed Fitchburg shelter are alive an... Jul 19 Pajama People 3
•••
•••

Fitchburg News Video

•••
Fitchburg Dating

more search filters

less search filters

•••

Fitchburg Jobs

•••
Enter and win $5000
•••
•••

Fitchburg People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

•••

Fitchburg News, Events & Info

Click for news, events and info in Fitchburg
•••

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]
•••