Peoria police sergeant suspended, demoted for using racial slur

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 24 at 10:09 AM

PEORIA, Ariz. -- A patrol sergeant with the Peoria Police Department has been demoted after using a racially derogatory term while briefing officers.
 
According to police spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto, a supervisor reported Sgt. Patrick Kief's wording to describe his frustration with a podium the sergeant was using during a shift briefing for patrol officers in April.
 
Police didn't release what Kief said.

Police Chief Roy Minter said Kief has been demoted to the rank of officer and has served an 80-hour unpaid suspension.

Kief had been on restricted duty during an internal investigation into the incident.

Minter called Kief's word choice highly inappropriate. According to the Peoria Police Department's Code of Conduct: "All employees shall conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner and exhibit only that conduct which would exemplify the Peoria Police Department to both the community and other law enforcement organizations."

Peoria City Manager Carl Swenson supports the department's handling of this incident.

"The statement of Officer Patrick Kief was reprehensible and is something that will not be tolerated from any one of our city employees," Swenson said.

Kief is the second Peoria police sergeant to be demoted this year. In February, Pat Shearer was demoted to officer and suspended for two weeks without pay after posting a picture of a bullet-riddled image of President Barack Obama on his Facebook page.

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