Peoria sergeant demotion over racial slur upheld

Peoria sergeant demotion over racial slur upheld

CREATED Nov 6, 2012

Web Producer: Mekita Rivas

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - The demotion of a Peoria police sergeant disciplined for using a racial slur has been upheld.

KPHO-TV reports that a three-member personnel board voted Monday night to uphold the demotion of Patrick Kief to officer. The board also voted to reduce the suspension of his pay from 80 hours to 40 hours.

Kief was demoted from sergeant to officer and suspended for two weeks after he used a term widely offensive to African Americans while briefing patrol officers in April.

He told a supervisor that he didn't mean to offend anyone and had made the comment after becoming frustrated over the shoddy construction of a podium.

Kief, a 19-year veteran of the force, remained on restricted duty during the investigation.

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