Hearing set for Boston cop accused of racial slur

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Posted: Dec 05, 2009 3:25 PM

Boston police have scheduled a termination hearing for a police officer suspended for using a racial slur to describe black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.

The Boston Police Department announced a Jan. 6 hearing for Justin Barrett. The 36-year-old officer was placed on paid administrative leave in July after he was accused of writing an e-mail that called Gates a "banana-eating jungle monkey."

Barrett has filed a federal lawsuit against the city claiming his civil rights were violated.

His attorney, Peter Marano, did not immediately return phone messages.

Gates was arrested in July on a charge of disorderly conduct at his home near Harvard University, sparking a national debate over racial profiling. The charge against him was dropped.