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Detroit's CFO apologizes for remark at meeting
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit's chief financial officer has apologized for a comment he made during a meeting that a city employee said was racially insensitive.
Jim Bonsall on Thursday said in a statement issued by the office of state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr that he didn't intend to offend anyone. Orr's office says Bonsall has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of an investigation.
The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News report the city's recently demoted finance director, Cheryl Johnson, said in a letter to Orr that Bonsall created a hostile work environment - especially for minority women. Bonsall is white and Johnson is black.
The letter said Bonsall, during a meeting about the city's annual anti-arson patrols planned for around Halloween, asked if he could "shoot someone in a hoodie."