Boston Cop Called Henry Louis Gates Jr. A “Jungle Monkey”

Racism, we’re solving it!

A Boston police officer was placed on administrative leave after he allegedly used a racial slur when referring to Henry Louis Gates Jr.

In a mass e-mail, Officer Justin Barrett, 36, called Gates a ‘jungle monkey,’ according to a law enforcement source.

Gates, a black Harvard scholar, was arrested at his home earlier this month on a disorderly conduct charge after he tried to budge open the door of his Cambridge home.

I can’t possibly imagine why a black guy like Gates could possibly think that prejudice had any role in a police officer arresting him in his home. Unthinkable.