A black Florida school resource officer was fired after he was caught on his body camera using the N-word multiple times, authorities said.
Delvin White, an officer at Middleton High School, was dismissed Tuesday for “violations of policy that prohibit discriminatory conduct,” the Tampa Police Department said.
The officer used the racial slur while on the phone and driving home from an off-duty assignment on Nov. 13, the Tampa Bay Times reported. He repeated it again while on the phone with his wife.
Footage also captured White saying the N-word twice while arresting someone for trespassing on Nov. 30, police said.
White told his supervisor that he did not intend for the word to be derogatory during the arrest, authorities said.
Instead, he claimed he was using it as it is “commonly used in today’s society as a means of shared culture and experiences among the African American community,” police said.
Tampa police Chief Brian Dugan said in a statement that such statements can “jeopardize the trust that our department works to establish with our community.”
“Tampa Police officers are held to a higher standard and incidents like this negatively impact the entire law enforcement profession,” Dugan said.