You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

Metro

Leeway in policy to punish Boston police

Commissioner rejects talk of an unfair process

When a Boston police officer called an African-American professor a “banana-eating jungle monkey” in an e-mail to the Globe, he was fired. But when a detective told two Hispanic men “you guys didn’t make it over the border,” he was quietly given a reprimand.

When an officer looked up an arrest record as a favor to a friend, he was suspended for 30 days. But when a patrolman asked a fellow officer to release his goddaughter and her friend from custody, he was suspended for one day.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week