Columbus police department racism allegations investigated

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.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,