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BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) -- A Boston police officer is suing the city after he was suspended for referring to a black Harvard professor as a "banana-eating jungle monkey" in an e-mail.
"If I'm charged with a crime I want a chance to answer. I want the chance for a fair hearing," Officer Justin Barrett told CNN on Tuesday.
Barrett has apologized and denied he is a racist.
His lawsuit claims his civil rights have been violated; Barrett's lawyer said the words referring to Henry Louis Gates, Jr. were misinterpreted.
"The choice of words were poor; but they weren't meant to
Originally posted by Majic
The Law Of The Jungle
For whatever it may be worth...
Boston cop calls Gates 'banana-eating jungle monkey' in mass e-mail
Full 'Jungle Monkey' Email by Officer Justin Barrett
Whatever the "real" story may be behind the "jungle monkey" controversy, I can say -- based on reading this guy's own words -- that I would feel safer if I could be assured he wasn't allowed to carry a gun and interact with U.S. citizens under color of authority. :shk: