Cincinnati police body camera video shows officers using racial slurs


CINCINATTI (CNN) — Two Cincinnati police officers are suspended after videos from separate incidents recorded them using racial slurs while on the job.

Body camera video breaks down the situation and moment each Cincinnati police officer is heard saying the n-word while in uniform.

In September, District Three Officer Donte Hill is responding to a family dispute at an apartment on McHenry Avenue in Westwood.

Two of the men involved get into a fight and officers have to break it up.

While Hill is arresting one of the men — you hear him say “that alcohol got you n-words out here acting stupid.”  

The statement also included another, less vulgar, profanity.

Hill was initially reprimanded but once Chief Isaac heard about his use of the racial slur, he was taken off the street, and assigned desk duty.

Less than two months later — District Four Officer Dennis Barnette is responding to this nightclub on Reading Road in Roselawn.

On his body camera, you can see him close to a woman in the parking lot. after he tells her to be quiet — she continues talking and there is some type of physical altercation causing the officers body camera to fall off.

Once it hits the ground, you can clearly hear Barnette say “n-word slapped me in the face.”

In response, she says, “what? what the f, you just say?”

The video does not definitely show who touched whom first. But according to court documents, the 40-year-old woman was charged with a fourth degree felony assault.

Officer Barnette is currently on desk duty pending the results of an internal investigation.

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