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Suspension of Cincinnati officer over n-word ruled improper

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A Cincinnati police officer suspended for using a racial slur will be awarded back pay.

An arbitrator determined the seven-day suspension against officer Donte Hill was improper.

Hill, who is black, used the n-word in 2018 during an encounter captured on a body camera.

He was initially reprimanded for his profanity and the racial slur.

However, after a separate incident involving Officer Dennis Barnette, who is white and used the n-word, Chief Eliot Isaac suspended both Hill and Barnette.

The arbitrator determined hill's reprimand and suspension constituted double jeopardy.

In addition to back pay, Hill will have the suspension removed from his record.


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