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St. Louis dispatcher investigated after racial slur heard

January 10, 2021 GMT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis County Police Department employee is being investigated after a racial slur was uttered over a police radio channel, officials said.

Police spokesman Sgt. Benjamin Granda said Saturday that the employee was working as a dispatcher when the slur was broadcast. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the dispatcher has been relieved of his or her duties while an internal investigation is completed.

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Police Chief Mary Barton said in a statement: “As I have said in the past, discrimination, by word or deed, shall not be tolerated by any of us in the St. Louis County Police Department. We have, and will continue, to hold one another accountable.”

The St. Louis County Police Association condemned the employee’s use of the racial slur.

“We are aware of the racist language that was broadcast over the police radio … We are appalled. There is no place in modern society for these racist epithets,” the association said. “Chief Barton needs to take swift action and terminate the employee from the police department. We have a history of speaking out in these situations and will continue to do so.”