Columbus police department racism allegations investigated

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Civil Rights Commission is alleging the Columbus Police Department moved slowly to investigate charges of racist behavior by a white officer.

The commission has accused the department of “unlawful discriminatory practices” for failing to act quickly on complaints by officers about the behavior.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Sunday that an internal police department investigation and a finding by the civil rights commission determined a veteran sergeant called black officers racially charged names.

The commission also says the sergeant once talked of killing black officers.

The officer was suspended in October and received a written reprimand in May. The paper says he denied the charges during the internal investigation.

A Columbus police spokesman declined to comment with the commission charges pending. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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