AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Officials say an Ohio police chief was forced to resign in part because of his use of a racial slur in a private conversation.
Akron officials had previously announced that former Chief James Nice was accused of potential misconduct involving an investigation into his nephew, having a sexual relationship with a member of the police force and making “derogatory remarks.” He resigned Sunday.
The city’s mayor and its provisional police chief told the Akron Beacon Journal on Thursday the ex-chief, who is white, used a slur against African-Americans. They said no other officers were involved in the conversation.
Nice’s attorney would not confirm a slur was used but says Nice regrets “the entire incident.”
A special prosecutor has taken over the investigation involving Nice and his nephew.
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