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A sign outside Bridgeport City Hall. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A group of Hispanic police officers in Bridgeport is demanding an assistant chief resign over accusations he allowed a college professor to repeatedly use an ethnic slur in a lecture to officers about ethics.

Assistant Police Chief James Nardozzi asked a graduate faculty member of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York to conduct ethics training sessions last month, the Bridgeport Police Hispanic Society told Mayor Bill Finch. The group accuses Nardozzi of saying nothing while the professor, according to officers, repeatedly used an ethnic slur referring to Hispanics, The Connecticut Post reported.

The professor, William McDonald, did not immediately respond to a phone message and email seeking comment Thursday.

Police officials, including Chief Joseph Gaudett, did not respond to requests for comment.

A spokeswoman for John Jay College had no comment.

“The class was not a John Jay-sponsored training session and we have no information about these allegations,” spokeswoman Maria Garcia told the Post.

Juan Santiago Jr., president of the Hispanic group, said that as the department’s second highest-ranking officer, Nardozzi should have spoken out.

“Right now we’re not asking for an apology,” Santiago said. “We want him to resign or for the administration to fire him. How could (Nardozzi) not say anything?”

More than 100 of the roughly 427-member department are Hispanic, he said.

Finch said he asked Gaudett to review what happened and report back to him.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

 

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