A white police officer from the Columbia Police Department has been suspended after he was caught on video using the N-word multiple times.
On Saturday night, Sgt. Chad Walker entered Bar None in South Carolina to enforce the governor’s executive order to stop the service and consumption of alcohol at 11 p.m.
While Walker was inside, police say a Black man called the officer the N-word while leaving the bar.
Once outside, the video shows Walker getting into an argument with a bar patron who accused the cop of talking to people of color “as if they are less than human.”
That’s when Walker references the Black man who allegedly called him a racial slur — but ends up saying the N-word multiple times himself.
“The gentleman right there that called me ------. That guy that just called me ------,” Walker is heard saying on camera.
“Can you stop saying that word?” a witness immediately says in response.
Walker then gets into an argument with the Black man, who denies ever calling the cop a slur.
Another cop, later identified as a junior officer, is seen removing Walker from the situation.
The heated exchange was caught on Walker’s body cam, as well as cell phone footage posted by Twitter user @bonniekate_.
As a result of the incident, WIS reported on Sunday that Walker, who has been with CPD for 14 years, has been suspended without pay. The event is also being investigated by the South Region Command.
CPD Chief W.H. “Skip” Holbrook later issued an apology, condemning the “inappropriate, disrespectful words, behavior, and actions of Sgt. Walker.”
“After reviewing the video from last night in Five Points, it is evident the actions of Sgt. Walker were a clear failure to fulfill the expectations and standards of our Department. The repetition of the racial slur and failure to deescalate the situation were inexcusable,” Holbrook said in a statement.
“Our officers are trained to serve as leaders and to deescalate confrontations of potentially volatile situations. Although I am embarrassed and disappointed in the Sergeant’s actions, I was encouraged to see a junior officer intervene and remove Walker from the situation, potentially stopping further escalation,” he concluded.