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Fired Tampa police officer had been fired before

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Officials say the Tampa police officer who was fired for drinking at a strip club while on duty, has been fired before.       

In fact, the Tampa Police Department fired Paul Madsen in 2003 after he was accused of taunting a Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputy.         

The Tampa Bay Times reports a notice of disciplinary action in Madsen's personnel fire shows Madsen was off-duty at the time he called the deputy a "boy" and used a racial epithet. The file also notes other incidents, including mouthing off to a supervisor and leaving a gun in his cruiser.         

Madsen was rehired in 2004 after filing a grievance. The police union fought successfully on his behalf.        

He was fired again Friday after an investigation into the Nov. 9 incident at a strip club.

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