A Black Tampa police officer, working as a school resource officer, has been terminated after bodycam footage revealed him using the N-word and he later admitted that he had done so previously.
According to NBC News, Tampa police officer Delvin White was terminated “for violations of policy that prohibit discriminatory conduct,” according to the Tampa Police Department. White, who was with the police department for eight years, was most recently working as a school resource officer at Middleton High School.
The Tampa Bay Police Department issued a statement regarding the incident:
On November 13, 2020, White was on a phone call when his body-worn camera captured him referencing a group of people as “ghetto N******”. While under investigation, White informed his supervisor that there was another incident, on November 30, 2020, where he used the “N” word while making an arrest. The body-worn camera captured White using the derogatory language twice while effecting an arrest for trespassing.
“Derogatory statements made by police officers jeopardize the trust that our department works to establish with our community,” said Chief Brian Dugan. “Tampa Police officers are held to a higher standard and incidents like this negatively impact the entire law enforcement profession.”
The Tampa Police Benevolent Association – Tampa PBA posted a statement to its Facebook page:
“We stand with the City of Tampa and the Tampa Police Department in their efforts to stamp out racism in every form and condemn any and all derogatory statements in or out of uniform.
“The facts in the Delvin White matter do not reflect an act or any intent that warrants the punishment he received for his alleged transgression. Officer White is a beloved and trusted member of the East Tampa community that he was raised in and that he protected every day. Despite his misstep, throughout the investigation, private citizens and other individuals associated with his school contacted the Chief of Police lending their support and reflecting their admiration for his character and contributions. The PBA will file a formal grievance on Officer White’s behalf with the hope and expectation of getting this valued Officer back to work.”
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