Cincinnati officer suspended for using racial slur after internal investigation

Cincinnati officer suspended for using racial slur after internal investigation
Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 4:09 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - An internal investigation concluded a Cincinnati police officer used a racial slur on two separate occasions in November of 2021.

The investigation centered around Officer Kelly Drach at the Real Time Crime Center (RTCC), according to the internal report released on Monday.

In November 2021, the report says the RTCC office was receiving up to 10 calls a day from fraudulent telemarketers.

During the course of a conversation on Nov. 17, 2021, between Drach and a fraudulent telemarketer, the officer “went on a verbal tirade” in which she yelled “sand n*****,” the investigation report reads.

A senior crime analyst at RTCC, who has family from Iran, overheard Drach and responded by saying “what the **** Kelly,” according to the investigation findings.

Drach said she felt like the fraudulent telemarketers were picking on her and acknowledged that have allowed the situation to escalate to the point it did, the report said.

Drach apologized to the senior crime analyst who said they felt like the apology was insincere.

Around a week or two later, Drach was heard saying the racial slur once again.

Like the previous time, Drach was talking with another fraudulent telemarketer when she referred to the caller as a “sand n*****,” the investigation report shows.

The newly released report says Officer Drach admitted to using the racial slur on both occasions.

The Internal Investigations Section determined Drach violated the Cincinnati Police Department’s rules and regulations. She was charged with failure of good behavior, documents show.

Drach appeared for a pre-disciplinary hearing on Feb. 15, 2022.

Documents claim she expressed her remorsefulness “and did not contest the allegation.”

The pre-disciplinary hearing summary explained that Drach talked candidly regarding a tremendous amount of stress in her personal life.

Drach was given a 56-hour suspension for the violations, which she served from May 20 to May 28, according to police records.

Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police President Dan Hils released a statement to FOX19 NOW:

“No Cincinnati police officer should use ethnic slurs and anyone who does it is wrong. The Fraternal Order of Police represents every Cincinnati Police Officer in the disciplinary process and this officer received a lengthy suspension for her poor judgment. She was very remorseful for her actions.”

Drach is the second Cincinnati officer to be the subject of an internal investigation for using a racial slur recently.

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