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Posted on: June 22, 2020

REPORT FROM MAYOR GARY FULLER AND CITY OF OPELIKA CONCERNING ALLEGATIONS OF USE OF RACIAL SLUR

Opelika Police Department

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE             JUNE 22, 2020

OPELIKA, Ala – Allegations were recently made that a police officer violated the City of Opelika personnel policies by using a racial slur in the workplace. An officer alleged to have heard another officer use a racial slur. This incident allegedly occurred inside the Opelika Police Department. No civilians were present at the time.

The officer accused of the misconduct denied the allegations. All employees present at the time were interviewed about the matter through an internal investigation which included the Human Resources Department.

The evidence in this matter has been thoroughly investigated. As a result of the investigation, the city concluded that based on a preponderance of evidence, the alleged misconduct could not be substantiated. Accordingly, no disciplinary action is appropriate.

All city employees are required to participate in workplace violence, sexual harassment, and diversity and inclusiveness training in an effort to educate employees as to what constitutes inappropriate behavior and the consequences of acting in such a way.

The use of racially offensive and harassing language against any employee is a violation of the personnel policies of the City of Opelika and constitutes misconduct of the most serious nature. All employees within the city are reminded that racially offensive language will not be condoned in the workplace and that such conduct will be severely punished as determined by city policy. The city encourages a positive, healthy work environment for all employees.

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