Captain Mark Straubel, a top aide to Police Chief Armando Perez, has announced his retirement following assertions he wrote racist text remarks about another captain that were turned over by a former city police officer who now works for the Stratford Police Department.
From the CT Post:
A memo announcing Straubel’s retirement was distributed in the Police Department and City Councilman Ernest Newton said the chief told him of Straubel’s decision.
… Ken Kubel, a retired Bridgeport police sergeant who now works for the Stratford Police Department, confirmed in July that he had made a complaint against Straubel with OIA in June and as part of that complaint turned over texts that he was not part of and had intercepted.
In one of the texts obtained by Hearst Connecticut Media in late July, Straubel, who is white, allegedly wrote: “I asked (an African-American officer) if he had seen (the film) Planet of the Apes. He said … yes. I asked him if it made him homesick.”
In another text, Straubel stated that he hates African-Americans and hopes for a race war.
“I guess he realized that what he said–he couldn’t justify it,” Newton said Monday. “And there’s no place for that in our police department. I’m sure this sends a message it’s not going to be tolerated.”
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