“I f*cking hate them!” Valentino said as she sat in her police vehicle after having just been flipped off by a Black teen. “Oh, I f*cking hate them so much! I swear to g*d, I hate this f*cking world! I f*cking hate it!”
Shortly after the tantrum, Valentino uttered one last sentence that may have ended her career on the police force, “F*cking n*ggers! I f*cking hate them!”
When upper management caught wind of Valentino’s body camera footage, it prompted an investigation that resulted in her suspension. The inspection is still ongoing, so for the time being, Valentino will no longer be able to train incoming officers like she had been doing. Instead, she will be sidelined until the disciplinary process plays itself out.
“Officer Valentino will not be on city streets in uniform, wearing a badge, or carrying a firearm,” interim city manager John Curp said in a statement.
John Curp was not the only high-ranking city official to chime in on the matter, as the Mayor also shared his thoughts regarding the actions of Officer Valentino.
“I was appalled to see Officer Valentino display such hateful, angry, and racist language,” said Mayor Aftab Pureva. “Our law enforcement represents all of this city, and Black Cincinnatians deserve to feel safe knowing they will be treated with mutual respect…A fair and complete process needs to play out, but someone demonstrating this behavior has no place in a world-class organization like CPD.”
While footage from Officer Valentino’s tirade was recently released by the CPD, she maintains that she is not a racist. Instead, she attributes this isolated incident to a mental lapse in judgment.
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Source: Yahoo! News