Phoenix policeman paid amid racial slur investigation

A South Mountain Precinct sergeant fired earlier this year for using racial slurs around his officers was paid more than $71,000 in leave as detectives probed the discrimination claims, according to Phoenix police payroll records.

The investigation took 10 months and eventually led to an $86,000 settlement with the Asian-American officer who said he was harassed and threatened with unfair performance reviews after he complained about Sgt. Fred Montaldo.

Montaldo is appealing his February termination, which came a month before south Phoenix residents raised concerns about racial discrimination and civil-rights abuses by police in the wake of the handcuffing incident involving City Councilman Michael Johnson

via Phoenix policeman paid amid racial slur investigation.

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