A police officer in Columbia, S.C., was suspended with out pay on Sunday after video emerged of him utilizing a racist slur a number of occasions outdoors of a crowded bar.
The Metropolis of Columbia Police Division mentioned in a press release that Sgt. Chad Walker would stay suspended pending the result of a disciplinary continuing.
In a video that shortly went viral, Walker could possibly be seen and heard Saturday outdoors of Bar None within the metropolis’s 5 Factors neighborhood utilizing the N-word a number of occasions after a Black male who isn’t seen on video yelled the phrase on the officer who was leaving the bar. Walker, who’s white, seems to be arguing with patrons within the video, asserting that he can say the N-word as a result of a Black patron had simply referred to him by the time period.
“Folks of coloration? The gentleman proper there that known as me a *****?” Walker says within the video, addressing a separate bar patron or worker.
Town’s police chief apologized within the assertion posted Sunday, explaining that he “shares the general public’s outrage and frustration concerning the extremely offensive and disrespectful incident.”
“After reviewing the video from final evening in 5 Factors, it’s evident the actions of Sgt. Walker have been a transparent failure to meet the expectations and requirements of our Division. The repetition of the racial slur and failure to deescalate the scenario have been inexcusable,” mentioned Chief W.H. “Skip” Holbrook.
“CPD sincerely apologizes for the inappropriate, disrespectful phrases, habits and actions of Sgt. Walker,” the assertion continued.
Walker’s suspension comes because the state has seen protests in Charleston over the taking pictures of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisc., earlier this month, and different protests across the nation for months over violence skilled by Black Individuals throughout encounters with police.
High officers within the Trump administration have responded to protests nationwide by calling for governors to say order and denying claims that systemic racism exists in legislation enforcement.