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Chief Talks About Police Radio Slurs

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Hartford Police Chief James Rovella (Patrick Lowndes/WTIC Photo)

Hartford Police Chief James Rovella (Patrick Lowndes/WTIC Photo)

The head of the state NAACP is calling for the firing of a  police sergeant and a dispatcher for their use of racially inflammatory language in radio transmissions.

Scot  Esdaile  made his comments following a meeting with city and police officials.

Hartford Police Chief James Rovella tells WTICs Ray Dunaway  he agrees there is no place for such language in his department.

He says the dispatcher does not fall under his jurisdiction —  and he’s limited in the punishment he can give the sergeant.  The chief says the range of discipline available in the case ranged from five to ten days’ suspension —  and he issued the maximum ten days.

Hear Ray Dunaway’s interview with Chief James Rovella:

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