St. Louis County police dispatcher accused of slur is out

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County police dispatcher is no longer with the department, less than two weeks after using a racial slur over a police radio, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday.

The dispatcher, whose name has not been released, was recorded Jan. 9 saying an expletive and then using the racial slur, according to a the recording that was released by the police department when a woman sued for the audio.

After the slur, another voice on the police radio can be heard telling the dispatcher that his audio was left open. Commanders launched an internal investigation and the dispatcher was on unpaid leave before his departure.

Police say the dispatcher’s employment ended Tuesday. A police spokeswoman declined to say if the dispatcher resigned or was fired.