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Former Bellefontaine Neighbors officer: Fellow cop used n-word during unnecessary traffic stop

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A former cop says a high ranking Bellefontaine Neighbors police officer was caught on police video, using the n-word to describe a black woman.

The officer who was there and says he reported it, breaks his silence and tells News 4 what happened and how he says the Bellefontaine Neighbors PD responded.

Four years ago, with Christmas music playing in the background, a white Bellefontaine Neighbors cop stopped a black woman driving a rental car. A higher ranked officer arrived to assist the officer. The car came up as stolen in a police database, but the woman had all of her paperwork, and it was clear, very quickly that it wasn't stolen.

So, the woman was free to go, which meant No Report Needed, or N-R-N. However, on the police video, the officer seen in the video says the higher ranked officer used the n-word as he described N-R-N as a N----- Running North. N-R-N. Seconds later, there was laughter.

David McGrary was the officer on the scene that night. He identified the higher ranked officer, but the city has refused to respond to all of the direct questions about the higher ranked officer and the incident. In state records, the higher ranked officer is still identified as an employee of the Bellefontaine Neighbors PD.

McGrary was a Bellefontaine Neighbors officer for 16 years, retiring in 2013.

"I was shocked at first. I couldn't believe that it was being said. There was no need for it, nothing happened," McGary said of the incident.

News 4 attempted to contact recently retired Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Chief Robert Pruett about the incident, McGary's comments, and how the police department responded, but he did not respond to requests.

News 4 will be providing the current Bellefontaine Neighbors Interim Police chief with a copy of the video.

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