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Florida sheriff fired for 'calling black man a monkey'

2015-05-06 14:39:41

Jean LopezOUT OF A JOB: Former deputy sheriff Jean Lopez

A deputy sheriff in Florida has been fired after he allegedly referred to a black man as "f******g monkey" on social media.

Authorities in Lee County, Florida dismissed Jean Lopez, a former deputy sheriff who reportedly referred to a black man as a monkey on his Facebook page, reported The Root.

According to an investigation by the Lee County Sheriff's Office internal-affairs unit, Lopez posted a video on his Facebook page that showed a black man talking negatively about his company and his competitors and using expletives and slang.

Lopez captioned the video: "Can someone please tell me what the [f**k] this monkey is saying?"

Lopez also allegedly posted, "Get a real life f*****g monkey."

Lopez insisted that he and his friends use the word "monkey" to refer to someone they consider "stupid", implying that his use of the word carried with it none of the racial connotations usually associated with its use in relation to black people.

But the Florida authorities aren't buying any of it.

"It's not acceptable, and that's why he's out of a job," Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott said.

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