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Peoria Cop Demoted for Shouting Racial Slur at Inanimate Object

Peoria Police Chief Roy Minter announced today that a patrol sergeant was demoted and suspended for directing a "racially derogatory term" at a podium in April.

Sergeant Patrick Kief is now Officer Patrick Kief for "us[ing] a racially derogatory term to describe his frustration with a podium he was using during a shift briefing for patrol officers."

Police spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto didn't offer New Times the exact quote, but says "the term is racist against African Americans."

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Kief was also hit with an unpaid, 80-hour suspension, which he already served.

Minter called Kief's word choice "highly inappropriate," and quoted the department's code of conduct, as he did after one of the department's officers posted a picture on Facebook of a bunch of kids who'd apparently just shot up a T-shirt depicting President Obama.

Kief's punishment was the same as the Obama t-shirt cop, Sergeant-turned-Officer Pat Shearer.


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