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Marine Corps commanding general relieved of duty over reported use of racial slur

Marine Corps commanding general relieved of duty over reported use of racial slur
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The Marine Corps has removed its commanding general in Europe and Africa while he is under investigation for reportedly using racial slurs. 

Maj. General Stephen Neary, a two-star general, was relieved of his duties on Monday due to a “loss of trust and confidence in his ability to serve in command,” the Marine Corps said in a statement obtained via email by The Hill. 

Stars and Stripes reported earlier this month that Neary was under investigation for reportedly using racial slurs when referring to African Americans. 

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The incident occurred in August, when he made a comment about the music a group of Marines were listening to during an outdoor training session, according to Stars and Stripes.

Some of the music incorporated the n-word, which allegedly prompted Neary to ask other marines how they would feel if he said it. 

Col. James T. Iulo will serve as the acting commander until a replacement is found, the Marine Corps said. Neary assumed his role in July. 

A spokesman for the Marines confirmed to The Hill that the investigation is still ongoing. 

The police killing of George Floyd in late May and the civil unrest that followed prompted the military to examine racism within its ranks.

In June, the Marine Corps banned public displays of Confederate flags, and the Pentagon followed suit in July.