Boston Cop on Leave for Gates Racist “Jungle Monkey” Email

July 30, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Boston Police Officer Justin Barrett is a very angry man who demands respect from “banana-eating jungle monkey[s]” and wants the women around him to be quiet while they serve him “…coffee and donuts on a Sunday morning.”

Officer Barrett is on paid administrative leave for mass mailing a racist, sexist, hate-filled email to the Boston Globe and members of his National Guard unit, where he referred to professor Henry Louis Gates Jr as a “jungle monkey” three times, while hurling the racial slur at a Boston Globe writer, as well.

Officer Justin Barrett, 36, a two-year veteran of the Boston police force and a member of the National Guard, apparently became so incensed after reading a column in the Boston Globe supporting Professor Gates in his recent controversial arrest, that he fired off an email filled with rage and racial slurs directed towards Gates and the newspaper columnist, Yvonne Abraham.

Read some excerpts from Barrett’s email below:

“His first priority of effort should be to get off the phone and comply with police, for if I was the officer he verbally assaulted like a banana-eating jungle monkey, I would have sprayed him in the face with OC deserving of his belligerent non-compliance.”

“He indeed has transcended back to a bumbling jungle monkey, thus he forever remains amid this nation’s great social/racial divide…”

“That paragraph was as pathetic as jungle monkey gibberish.”

You are a Fool. An infidel…You should serve me coffee and donuts on a Sunday morning.”

I am “not a racist but I am prejudice [sic] towards people who are stupid and pretend to stand up and preach for something they say is freedom but it is merely attention because you do not get enough of it in your little fear-dwelling circle of on-the-bandwagon followers.”

“Gates is a goddamned fool and you the article writer simply a poor follower and maybe worse, a poor writer. Your article title should read CONDUCT UNBECOMING a JUNGLE MONKEY-BACK TO ONE’S ROOTS. JB”

Barrett admitted to a supervisor that he was the author of the email containing racial slurs and the Police Commissioner; Edward Davis immediately stripped Barrett of his gun and badge. Barrett is awaiting a termination hearing, where he is expected to be fired.

Boston police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said, ” “There is no room on the department for someone who uses those words.”

Barrett’s attorney, Peter Marano claims Officer Barrett did not call professor Gates a jungle monkey. “He said his behavior was like that of one. It was a characterization of the actions of that man,” said Marano.

Officer Barrett told a Boston television station that he was sorry for sending the email. “I regret that I used such words. I have so many friends of every type of culture and race you can name. I am not a racist.”

Professor Gates, a Harvard African-American scholar, was arrested on July 16, for disorderly conduct, after police were called about a possible burglary when Gates and his driver had trouble opening Gate’s front door. The charges against Gates were dropped, but the racially charged incident set off a national debate about race, with President Obama becoming involved in the debate, as well.

Professor Gates and the arresting officer, Sgt. James Crowley, have been invited to the White House on Thursday to meet with President Obama for a beer to discuss their differences.

The full text of Officer Barett’s email can be found here.

Source


Comments

9 Responses to “Boston Cop on Leave for Gates Racist “Jungle Monkey” Email”

  1. Jay Roberts on July 30th, 2009 10:54 am

    Wow – after reading the e-mail I’m flabbergasted.

  2. Paul Hiatt on July 30th, 2009 11:51 am

    Barrett’s attorney, Peter Marano claims Officer Barrett did not call professor Gates a jungle monkey. “He said his behavior was like that of one. It was a characterization of the actions of that man,” said Marano.

    This comment cracks me up – how lame a statement, but I guess when you are caught dead-to-rights in a mental breakdown of hate and bigotry and sending your thoughts out to the world – there’s not much else a lawyer can say in his client’s defense. Maybe he can plead “diminished capacity”, as it seems this soon to be former cop’s less than human actions have short-circuited his life and ruined his career. For some reason, this seems like something someone would do if under the influence of alcohol or drugs – I have a hard time believing these rants would come from someone in a sane frame of mind… Maybe the “rehab route”, like so many celebrities who screw up, would be the route to get him out of the deep hole he is now in. Whatever the outcome, cops like this have no place on a city’s payroll – Intensive therapy for his deep-seated hate and anger issues is more the place for him.

  3. Old Man Dotes on July 30th, 2009 1:07 pm

    Can you say “too stupid to hold a job more complex than grease monkey?” This fool should not be allowed to carry firearms under any circumstances. A nail file might be too dangerous in his hands.

  4. ARLENE DAVIS on July 30th, 2009 1:48 pm

    I FEEL THAT THIS GUY IS DANGEROUS THIS IS HOW IT STARTS AND IT SOUNDS THAT HE IS A CANITDATE FOR A MASS SHOOTING. I HOPE SOMEONE IS KEEPING AND EYE ON HIM.

  5. justin barrett email | Fooner on July 30th, 2009 3:23 pm

    […] Boston Cop on Leave for Gates Racist “Jungle Monkey” Email …Boston Cop on Leave for Gates Racist “Jungle Monkey” Email. July 30, 2009. (ChattahBox)—Boston Police Officer Justin Barrett is a very angry man who demands respect from “banana-eating jungle monkey[s]” and wants the women around him to …Read More […]

  6. banana eating jungle monkey | Fooner on July 30th, 2009 5:11 pm

    […] Boston Cop on Leave for Gates Racist “Jungle Monkey” Email …(ChattahBox)—Boston Police Officer Justin Barrett is a very angry man who demands respect from banana-eating jungle monkey[s] and wants the women around him.Read More […]

  7. Welcome to the Jungle | Austro-Athenian Empire on July 31st, 2009 2:36 am

    […] on the Gates arrest, Boston police officer Justin Barrett explains his attitude toward the civilians who pay his salary: His [= Gates’] first priority of effort […]

  8. Tom Degan on July 31st, 2009 7:25 am

    Barrett may be the exception to the rule, but we would be deceiving ourselves were we to conclude that there aren’t more than a few cops out there like him.

    A number of years ago, I overheard a New York City police officer who was retiring for reasons of health being asked the question, “What is the biggest regret of your career?” His answer:

    “My biggest regret is that I never killed a ni**er.”

    He was actually in a public place when he uttered those words. I am thankful that he’s not on the force anymore, too.

    http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

    Tom Degan

  9. What really happened to Prof Gates? - Page 5 - WorldFitness Training Forum on August 15th, 2009 2:43 pm

    […] I think Obama, Gates and the policeman settled it over a beer summit or somethin. There was some unrelated cop who was suspended for his tirade, calling Gates a

Got something to say? **Please Note** - Comments may be edited for clarity or obscenity, and all comments are published at the discretion of ChattahBox.com - Comments are the opinions of the individuals leaving them, and not of ChattahBox.com or its partners. - Please do not spam or submit comments that use copyright materials, hearsay or are based on reports where the supposed fact or quote is not a matter of public knowledge are also not permitted.