New England is a pretty strange place, and place in New England is a weirder polyglot than Massachusetts. Part Puritan, part drunken reveler, Massachusetts is where big city liberalism meets backwoods country conservatism and the educated and the poor meet–and frequently butt heads. Boston is also widely known as a very racist town, as Boston Red Sox player Carl Crawford is finding out first hand. Officer John Perrault of the Leominster Police Department has been fired for using a racist insult to describe Carl Crawford. The term Perrault used for Crawford was “Monday,” as in, “Everyone hates Mondays.” Apparently, in New England, that’s a fairly common derogatory term directed at black people.
“You have demonstrated through your racist comments that you cannot continue as a patrol officer,” wrote Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella in the termination letter for Perrault. ”Your actions are so egregious that severe discipline is warranted. There is no place for someone who exhibits such objectionable behavior in the Leominster Police Department.”
According to Leominster police chief Robert Healey, Perrault has used racial slurs or made racial comments twice before, once while watching an NBA game at a bar and once while working a parade. Perrault and his attorney maintain that the criticism of Crawford was due to his baseball skills, not his race, and that the other racist incidents are either misunderstandings or hearsay. The incident allegedly took place on July 5; Crawford made his season debut with Boston on July 16 after returning from injury.
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