State trooper racial slur complaint reinstated

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland appeals court has reinstated a legal complaint seeking details about the internal investigation of a state trooper who used a racial slur in a voicemail message to a Somerset County woman.

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the state’s intermediate appellate court, issued the ruling this week.

The case involves a 2009 voicemail message state police Sgt. John Maiello left on Teleta Dashiell’s voicemail. He can be heard using the N-word in conversation with another trooper, apparently after he believed he had hung up.

She filed a complaint. The state police told her that the incident had been investigated and that her complaint had been sustained. But the agency did not say how and declined to release details, saying it was a confidential personnel matter.

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