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Second Cincinnati Police Officer Being Investigated For Using Racial Slur During Call

Posted at 3:36 PM, Dec 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-29 15:36:47-05

CINCINNATI (WLWT) – A second Cincinnati police officer is in hot water after allegations resurfaced of the officer using the N-word on the job. This marks the second case coming to light in two days.

The two incidents involve two different police officers and happened months apart, but the September incident was not made public until after Saturday’s incident was released.

The Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP is calling for the firing of both officers. Right now, both incidents are being investigated.

President Robert Richardson said there is no excuse for the language.

“It concerns us if they would have an attitude that they can just speak to and treat citizens in that manner, then it’s a huge problem,” Richardson said. “They acted under the cover of the law. They’re police officers. They have guns. They are hired to serve and protect.”

Saturday, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said Officer Dennis Barnette called a woman he was arresting at Brownstown Nightclub the N-word. Isaac said Barnette attempted to arrest a female patron when she started to resist arrest by pushing him.

Isaac said that’s when Barnette can clearly be heard on an officer’s body camera recording calling the woman by the racial slur.

Three months prior, after responding to a call for family trouble at an apartment building on McHenry Avenue, Isaac said Officer Donte Hill used “excessive, profane language” and used the N-word addressing the people involved. That incident was just made public Friday, one day after the first incident was released.

City Manager Patrick Duhaney said Hill first was reprimanded because the matter was “incorrectly categorized when presented to Chief Isaac. The error was only recently discovered,” and is now being evaluated by the Internal Investigations Section.

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