(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - A member of the Leominster Police Department is at the center of an internal investigation involving alleged racial slurs aimed at a Red Sox outfielder.
Sox outfielder Carl Crawford claims that he heard a spectator call him a racial slur while playing a game in Manchester, N.H. last week. Crawford was playing for the Portland Sea Dogs at the time as a part of his rehabilitation.
Crawford says a spectator began heckling him, but the heckling escalated into a hateful remark.
Leominster Police are now investigating the role one of their own may have played in the incident.
Police officials say two spectators were making comments to Crawford, and they are working to see if their officer was the one who made the racial slur.
The unidentified officer is on vacation and will be placed on desk duty as the investigation continues. He is a 5-year veteran and white, with no prior disciplinary issues.
The city's inquiry is expected to conclude Tuesday.
Fisher Cats President Rick Brenner has apologized to Crawford.