CPD Officer Fired After Use of Racial Slur

By August 31, 2020Press Releases

The Columbia Police Department’s (CPD) Chain of Command Disciplinary Review Board convened this afternoon to hear the investigative findings concerning an incident where Sergeant Chad Walker used a racial slur during a heated argument with patrons outside a Five Points establishment on August 29, 2020.

The Board reviewed the investigative findings presented by the officer’s chain of command which included a review of video. After hearing the findings, the Board unanimously sustained violations of Unsatisfactory Performance (CPD Policy #7.2.16) and Courtesy (CPD Policy #7.4.1).  CPD’s Policy and Procedures: https://columbiapd.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/03.03-Disciplinary-Procedures-1.pdf

The Department’s discipline philosophy takes into consideration the degree of harm caused by the violation(s), the employee’s experience, intentional/unintentional errors, and the employee’s past record. Careful consideration is given to all applicable factors in the disciplinary review process and every effort is made to determine consequences that consistently and fairly fit the specific incident.

As a result of the findings of the Board and consistent with our disciplinary philosophy, Sgt. Walker has been terminated, effective immediately.

Chief W.H. ‘Skip’ Holbrook says, “We will continue to hold each other to the professional, ethical, and moral standards expected by our citizens and place the highest priority on maintaining public trust. As I’ve stated before, when setbacks occur and mistakes are made, we must be willing to acknowledge them, fix them, learn from them, and continue to move forward together.”