The Bridgeport Police Hispanic Society is demanding that Assistant Police Chief James Nardozzi resign after officers claimed he allowed a professor to give an ethics training lecture in which racist statements were made.
NBC Connecticut reports that Hispanic Society members have accused Nardozzi of doing nothing as the John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor repeatedly used an ethnic slur referring to Hispanics.
"Right now we're not asking for an apology," Juan Santiago Jr., president of the Hispanic Society, told the Connecticut Post. "We want him to resign or for the administration to fire him. How could (Nardozzi) not say anything?"
The Hispanic Society sent a letter to Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch describing the incident. "It has been brought to my attention that there was language used by a non-city employee conducting a police training class that was offensive to many of the officers present," Finch said.
"This is a very serious allegation, and it goes without saying that my administration does not condone offensive language of any kind. With that said, I will refrain from further comment until all the facts have been presented."
Police Chief Joseph Gaudett has promised to launch a formal investigation.