Fired Rhode Island police sergeant could lose pension

AP News
Posted: Nov 12, 2015 8:56 AM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Officials in Providence, Rhode Island, are investigating whether they can revoke the pension of a white police sergeant fired after he had a black officer handle a suspicious package and said it wouldn't be a big deal if the officer got sick.

The city dismissed Sgt. David Marchant over the incident that involved a package found at Brown University with a white powdery substance on it.

When Marchant was asked if he followed proper protocols he said he had a black patrolman, Khari Bass, handle the package and if Bass got sick it wouldn't be a problem because "he's a black guy anyway."

Marchant insisted he was joking.

WJAR-TV ( ) reports that officials say his actions might rise to the level of dishonorable service, which could allow for the loss of his pension.


Information from: WJAR-TV,