A police officer in Cincinnati, Ohio was caught on her body camera using the n-word while stuck in traffic in her police vehicle.
The comments were reportedly made in April while the officer, identified as Rose Valentino, was behind several cars piled up near a high school as she was driving to a police station.
According to an internal investigation, Valentino said, “Fucking niggers, I fucking hate them!”
According to police, the officer made the statement when a male student walking by her vehicle allegedly showed her his middle finger, Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
Valentino’s police powers were suspended pending a disciplinary hearing, Cincinnati City Manager John Curp said in a statement. The interim police chief approved the internal review on Monday.
According to a report from Cincinnati police, Valentino said she does not have any “racial biases that have affected her work” and does not use racial slurs.
“I was appalled to see Officer Valentino display such hateful, angry, and racist language. Our law enforcement represents all of this city, and Black Cincinnatians deserve to feel safe knowing they will be treated with mutual respect,” Mayor Aftab Pureval said in a statement on Monday.
More about the allegations and Valentino’s background can be found here.
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