Ex-Slidell Officer Attempting To Get Job Back After Racist Remark

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A former Slidell Police detective is fighting to get his job back after being fired following complaints he used racist language during a 2019 traffic stop.

Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal fired Cyle LaFerrera in January saying he violated rules governing courtesy and treatment of people in custody, as well as for unbecoming conduct.

LaFerrara denied using racist language when he stopped Jarrell Williams in December for running a stop sign, telling the Slidell Civil Service Board last week in an appeal that he never made any comments about the man's race.

Williams filed a complaint against LaFerrara shortly after he was issued a traffic citation, alleging that LaFerrara had followed him to a convenience store, shouted derogatory words at him and alleged that LaFerrara told him he had never lost in a court case over a traffic ticket against a Black man.

The Civil Service board will decide later this month whether to uphold or overturn LaFerrara's termination.

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