Columbia police officer suspended without pay after using racial slur on video

The Columbia Police Department has suspended a police officer without pay who was recorded on camera using a racial slur in Columbia’s Five Points. The agency announced they’d taken the action about 12 hours after videos began surfacing online of an officer using the n-word at least twice. Police have now released a five minute long body cam of the incident which now provides more context of the entire incident.

Police say around 11 p.m. Saturday, Sgt. Chad Walker, who was on patrol in Five Points, entered Bar None, a business there, and found what police say were several violations of the governor’s executive order to stop the service and consumption of alcohol. Police said when Walker ordered people to leave, a man can be heard on tape calling him a racial slur while leaving the establishment. That man appears to claim that Walker singled him out while clearing the bar. The body cam video also captures another patron calling Walker an “f—ing pig,” a slur term for law enforcement, a few moments later. Via

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