South Bend police officer suspended for using racial slur

A South Bend police officer faces a six-day suspension without pay after he used a racial slur while making an arrest last September.

The department says Corporal Chris Houser responded to a suspect who had called Houser the n-word, saying "I'm not an n-word."

Houser wrote the incident up in his report, admitting he used the word.

Police say the punishment was necessary since he used the slur as a uniformed officer in public.

The Chief of Police recommended the six-day suspension for Houser, which was approved by the Board of Public Safety Wednesday morning. Police records show this is the fifth time Houser has faced suspension.

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