A white South Carolina police officer mentioned the N-word at the least twice throughout a confrontation outside a bar, video reveals.
Footage posted to Twitter of the incident late Saturday within the 5 Factors part of Columbia reveals Columbia police Sgt. Chad Walker using the racial slur at the least two occasions, claiming it was beforehand directed at him.
A video begins with a person outside Bar None — the place Walker noticed a number of individuals violating Gov. Henry McMaster’s govt order to cease the service and consumption of alcohol after 11 p.m. — accusing the officer of “speaking to those individuals of shade as in the event that they’re lower than human.”
“The individuals of shade?” Walker replies. “The gentleman proper there that known as me a n—-r? That man, that simply known as me a n—-r?”
“Are you severe?” one other man is overheard saying.
The black man Walker had accused then claims he didn’t use the slur, whereas the sergeant insists he did, saying it was caught on his police bodycam. A number of others, together with different officers, watch the alternate, video reveals.
“Sure sir, you probably did,” Walker tells the person. “You bought mad as a result of I informed you you couldn’t drink your drink, so that you known as me that phrase.”
A lady then nudges the person away from Walker — a 14-year division vet — after he asks the sergeant to repeat the slur once more, video reveals.
“Why?” the officer continues. “All you’re doing is looking me ignorant. That’s what that phrase means. For those who’d wish to name your self ignorant, hold saying it.”
In one other clip, Walker could be heard yelling that the person known as him the N-word.
“Who cares what shade I’m?!” Walker mentioned, the clip reveals. “He known as me that phrase, no one was known as that.”
Columbia police mentioned in a tweet early Sunday that Walker’s conduct was “inexcusable and utterly inconsistent” with its values whereas promising an investigation.
“We’re higher than his actions,” division officers mentioned.
Columbia Police Chief W.H. “Skip” Holbrook introduced later Sunday that Walker had been suspended with out pay for his actions in the course of the heated alternate. Holbrook additionally apologized for the sergeant’s “inappropriate [and] disrespectful” actions.
“After reviewing the video from final evening in 5 Factors, it’s evident the actions of Sgt. Walker had been a transparent failure to satisfy the expectations and requirements of our division,” Holbrook mentioned in a press release. “The repetition of the racial slur and failure to deescalate the scenario had been inexcusable.”
Whereas embarrassed by Walker’s actions, Holbrook mentioned he was happy that one other officer intervened and eliminated him from the scene.
“The Columbia Police Division will proceed to work to earn the belief of the neighborhood that it serves,” police mentioned in a press release. “The actions exhibited [Saturday] will not be a real illustration of the brave CPD women and men who proudly put on the police uniform. We might be accountable to the general public we serve.”