A longtime Columbus Police lieutenant’s job hangs in the balance as she faces accusations arising from a months-long internal affairs investigation.
Lt. Melissa McFadden has ben relieved of her assignment after allegedly making several racially charged comments and creating a hostile work environment. According to investigation documents, McFadden admitted to at least one accusation, but she denies several others.
In an audio recording of a meeting with internal affairs investigators, she said she used the phrase “black on black crime” during an employee evaluation as part of the reason she did not give a Columbus Police sergeant, who is also black, a negative mark.
“I don’t recall the exact conversation, but I do recall saying I don’t believe in black-on-black crime,” McFadden said during an interview with internal affairs.
Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs has recommended that McFadden face further disciplinary measures, including suspension, demotion or even termination.
Ned Pettus, the Director of Public Safety for the City of Columbus, will make the decision on McFadden’s employment status.
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.”