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Berlin police commissioner accused of racist remarks resigns post

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BERLIN  — A  police commissioner who was reportedly recorded making racist remarks to other residents has resigned.

The Berlin police union had previously called the alleged remarks from Commissioner Bob Peters “ugly and reprehensible.”

The New Britain Herald reports that Peters was recorded using a racial slur in conversation with local residents and also spoke derogatively of gays and immigrants. The newspaper reported Peters was recorded telling residents that police officers are taught to use deadly force against African-Americans.

The New Britain state’s attorney has been investigating.

Peters denied making the remarks and Mayor Mark Kaczynski said the language would be out of character for Peters. Peters resigned from the police commission on Tuesday in a letter that did not say why he was stepping down.

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