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.