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VIA EURWEB:

Here we go again seems like an unfortunate, but appropriate phrase because yesterday a Boston Police Department officer was put on suspension for allegedly writing a racially charged e-mail about Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. to colleagues at the National Guard, according to a law enforcement official.

According to the Boston Globe, the law enforcement official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Officer Justin Barrett referred to the scholar as a “jungle monkey” in the letter, written in reaction to media coverage of Gates’s arrest July 16.

Barrett, 36, who’s been a cop for two years, was stripped of his gun and badge and faces a termination hearing in the next week, said police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll.

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