A Peoria police officer was suspended and demoted on Monday after using a racial slur during a shift briefing in April, officials from the Peoria Police Department said.
A supervisor reported that Sgt. Patrick Kief used a "derogatory
racial term" to describe his frustration with a podium he was using
during the meeting, Chief Roy Minter said in a statement. Kief had been
assigned as a patrol sergeant and remained on restricted duty during the
investigation, Minter said.
Minter said the investigation resulted in an 80-hour unpaid
suspension and a demotion from sergeant to officer for Kief. Peoria City
Manager Carl Swenson agreed with Minter's handling of the situation and
condemned Kief's actions.
"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.
Minter said he disciplined Kief is in accordance with the
department's Code of Conduct which states, "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."