Authorities in Lee County, Fla., have fired Jean Lopez, a former deputy sheriff who reportedly referred to a black man as a monkey on his Facebook page, NBC2 reports.
According to an investigation by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office internal-affairs unit, Lopez posted a video on his Facebook page that showed a black man talking negatively about his company and his competitors and using expletives and slang. Lopez captioned the video, “Can someone please tell me what the [f–k] this monkey is saying?”
Lopez also allegedly posted, “Get a real life f–king monkey.”
Lopez insisted that he and his friends use the word “monkey” to refer to someone they consider stupid, implying that his use of the word carried with it none of the racial connotations usually associated with its use in relation to black people.
Florida authorities aren’t buying it.