*Here we go again seems like an unfortunate, but appropriate phrase because yesterday a Boston Police Department officer was put on suspension for allegedly writing a racially charged e-mail about Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. to colleagues at the National Guard, according to a law enforcement official.

According to the Boston Globe, the law enforcement official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Officer Justin Barrett referred to the scholar as a “jungle monkey” in the letter, written in reaction to media coverage of Gates’s arrest July 16.

Barrett, 36, who’s been a cop for two years, was stripped of his gun and badge and faces a termination hearing in the next week, said police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll.

“Yesterday afternoon, Commissioner (Edward) Davis was made aware that Officer Barrett was the author of correspondence which included racially charged language,” she told the Globe. “At that time, Commissioner Davis immediately stripped Officer Barrett of his gun and badge, and at this time we will be moving forward with the hearing process.”