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Sheriff’s sergeant fired for racial slur, sexual harassment

June 14, 2019

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Spokane County sheriff’s sergeant has been fired after an internal investigation found he talked of killing black people and sexually harassed female coworkers.

The Spokesman-Review reports Sgt. Jeff Thurman was fired Thursday after 18 years with the sheriff’s office.

He was accused of starting a phone conversation with another deputy by asking: “You ready to kill some (racial slur) tonight or what?”

The sheriff’s office says Thurman was off duty in December 2016 when called the other deputy, who answered the call using a Bluetooth speaker while parked beside a third deputy in a separate patrol car. Both deputies heard Thurman’s remark.

Thurman was scheduled to meet with Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich Thursday and was fired after providing a written statement and not showing up.

Thurman was placed on paid leave May 8, shortly after a complaint about the remark was made.

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