NEW YORK POST – A new police chief for the City of Farrell in Pennsylvania has come under fire for sending an offensive email that included racial slurs.
The newly sworn-in Thomas Burke, who is white, is slated to begin his term as police chief of Farrell, a city about 70 miles outside of Pittsburgh, on Jan. 1, according to WKBN Ohio News. In an April email soliciting donations for a local parent-teacher organization, Burke wrote: “Them Sharon n*****s gotta learn how to read.” (See a screenshot of the email below.)
Burke made a public apology on Monday for the racial slurs used in the e-mail.
“To everybody here, to everybody out there, my deepest — I cannot tell you, from the bottom of my heart, I’m truly sorry. I apologize deeply,” he said at a live conference.
Burke’s April email read: “Good morning. Please click and review. Even a $1.00 will be greatly appreciated. Them Sharon n*****s gotta learn how to read.” The email was reportedly sent as a request for monetary donations for new books for a local parent-teacher organization, Erie News Now in Pennsylvania reported.