(July 30, 2013) — Mayor Pedro E. Segarra released the following statement after a meeting between the Chief of Police, senior staff, City Council members and state and local NAACP presidents Scot X. Esdaile and Abdul-Shahid Muhammad Ansari, concerning recent racially inflammatory remarks made by City employees:
“This administration treats issues of hate speech with the utmost seriousness. As my spokesperson indicated last week, I have a zero-tolerance policy for hate words and behaviors in the workplace. In the case of a City dispatcher’s use of the n-word, I ordered the department head to take necessary and appropriate disciplinary action.
Prior to that, when President Obama encouraged local officials to work with law enforcement on reducing community mistrust in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, I personally instructed Chief Rovella to review Police Department policies. I will continue to be proactive in ensuring that HPD disciplinary procedures treat racially-tinged speech firmly and seriously."