Columbus Police officer relieved of assignment after accusations of racially-charged comments

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A Columbus Division of Police officer has been relieved of her assignment amid allegations she made several racially-charged comments.

According to investigation documents from CPD, Lt. Melissa McFadden is accused of making several racially-charged comments and creating a hostile work environment.

The documents indicate she admits to at least one accusation. She denies several others.

Chief Kim Jacobs recommends that McFadden be disciplined further, and possibly fired. 

A decision on McFadden’s employment status will be made by Ned Pettus, the city’s Director of Public Safety.

Attorney Sam Schlein provided NBC4 with a statement on behalf of McFadden:

“Lt. McFadden is a career public servant and decorated leader in the Columbus Division of Police. Lt. McFadden denies the allegations in the investigation that led to Chief Jacobs recommending her termination. Lt. McFadden is shocked that Chief Jacobs would have terminated her employment based on these allegations, while white officers were not terminated for far worse conduct including use of the n-word, and theft of time. Lt. McFadden looks forward to appealing any negative final decision on her employment, through arbitration and all available legal processes.”

NBC4’s Dan Pearlman is investigating this story and will have more at 11pm. To get alerts for breaking news, grab the free NBC4 News App for iPhone or Android. You can also sign up for email alerts.

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