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Metro Corrections officer fired for using racial and derogatory slurs

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LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) – A Louisville Metro Corrections officer was fired on Friday, several months after nine co-workers reported that he used racial and derogatory slurs when discussing a former employee.

Officer Christopher Boog used the word “ni--er” and “bi---“  when referring to a former female employee on Feb. 23, according to Metro Corrections Director Mark Bolton’s July 29 termination letter. 

Boog claimed to use a different variation of the ‘N’ word, one that ends in "a" instead of "er," arguing it was "clearly a less offensive word." And the woman he was referring to is white, so it should not be viewed as racially offensive, Boog argued, according to the letter.

"In fact your belief was that other LMDC staff who were offended by your reference had ‘delicate sensibilities,’" Bolton wrote. He said Boog had "tarnished" his reputation and "impaired harmony" with co-workers.

Bolton also wrote that when Boog was counseled about not using a “racial slur in the work environment,” he did not take it seriously and posted on his Facebook page that "these fu--ing" people here have delicate sensibilities." Boog also allegedly posted a video on his Facebook page titled: "How a White Man says ‘Ni—a’ to a Black man."

In addition, during Black History Month in February, Boog was accused of saying he celebrated James Earl Ray Month, the assassin of Martin Luther King. Boog denied making that comment.

Bolton pointed out the in-custody population of Metro Corrections is more than 40 percent black.

"Whether joking or jesting, your comments suggest racial bias or prejudice against the very citizens that you interact with every day of your job," Bolton wrote.

Attorney Mary Sharp, who represents Boog, declined to comment on Tuesday. 

The termination comes about two weeks after another officer was suspended for a Facebook posting that Bolton said was “associated with blatant racial bias.”

The post said, "If we really wanted you dead all we’d have to do is stop patrolling your neighborhoods. And wait." At the top of the post, which had a picture of a white police officer leaning against a cruiser, Hale wrote, "Ha … truth." Hale posted it on his personal account.

Hale later apologized.

"Words alone cannot express how truly sorry I am for the impact my post has had on the community in Louisville, the staff at Louisville Metro Department of Corrections, and on my family," Hale wrote in a statement. "I accept full responsibility for the tensions it created and will strive tirelessly to bridge the divide between our community members and the law enforcement community."

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