#BatonRouge officer disciplined for racial slur | #Louisiana

BY JIM MUSTIAN
Advocate staff writer
July 16, 2013

A veteran Baton Rouge police detective who used a racial slur to describe a homicide victim was suspended from duty recently after an internal affairs investigation determined he violated department policy.

The detective, John L. Colter, complained at the scene of a fatal shooting in January that, “It’s my wife’s birthday and I am standing here over a dead nigger,” according to records released Tuesday by the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Colter, who is white, made the remarks among a group of officers that included a black detective.

Provisional Police Chief Carl Dabadie, in May, suspended Colter without pay for 20 days as a result of the incident and ordered that he attend a diversity training course.

“Your actions could have potentially devastating consequences for this department in our bid to win the hearts and minds of those we have solemnly sworn to protect and serve,” Dabadie wrote in Colter’s letter of suspension.

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