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Civil Service board declines to hear case against officer accused of using racial slur

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By Lanie Lee Cook

The Acadiana Advocate

The Lafayette Civil Service Board on Wednesday declined a request to review a recent internal affairs investigation into a white city police officer's expletive-laden rant that included a racial slur.

According to our partners at the Acadiana Advocate, the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board in a 4-1 vote declined the request made in June by retired police officer Andres Landor, who four months ago handed over a recording of the officer using the derogatory language about one of his black superiors to the Lafayette City-Parish Council.

"It would have to be gross negligence on behalf of the (police) department for the board to take up the matter," Civil Service board member Guy LeBreton said before the vote.

Although the Police Department's internal affairs division issued a 30-day suspension against Sgt. William White because of his language in the clandestine recording, Landor and other black community leaders have expressed dissatisfaction with the discipline, calling for the officer's termination.

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