A.C.L.U. Sues State Police Over Officer Who Used Slur


By Ben Nuckols, Associated Press

2:56 PM EDT, October 27, 2010

The ACLU of Maryland is suing the Maryland State Police, saying the agency should disclose how it disciplined a state trooper who uttered a racial slur in a voicemail message for a black woman.

Last November, state police Sgt. John Maiello left Teleta Dashiell a voicemail and apparently thought he had hung up, but did not. He can be heard using the N-word.

Dashiell filed a complaint, and state police told her that her complaint had been sustained. But when Dashiell and the ACLU asked for details on how the complaint was handled and how Maiello was disciplined, the agency said it was a confidential personnel matter. The ACLU filed a lawsuit Wednesday in a bid to force state police to release the information.

A state police spokesman had not seen the lawsuit and had no immediate comment.
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