A Falmouth police officer says the hostile work environment created by management at the Falmouth Police Department is so severe he cannot return to work. He has been out on sick leave for five months, ever since an incident in August when he says a police sergeant called him a racist.
On Friday, Falmouth Patrolman Robert P. Curtis Jr. filed charges against the town with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Officer Curtis, who is white, said that his supervisor, Falmouth Police Sergeant Arthur Roger Gonsalves, who is Cape Verdean, called him a racist, among other slanderous statements.
Some of the statements, Officer Curtis said, were made in the presence of Falmouth Police Chief David F. Cusolito. Officer Curtis is the fourth Falmouth police office in the past month to file charges against the town with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination having to do with statements alleging racism made by Sgt. Gonsalves.
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