Meridian police officer suspended for allegedly using racial slur

Meridian police officer suspended for allegedly using racial slur
Meridian, Mississippi, Police Department (Source: WTOK)

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT/WTOK) - A Meridian police officer is currently suspended with pay after allegedly calling a fellow officer a racial slur.

Officer Joey Lawn is accused of calling a black officer the n-word. Lawn is a K-9 supervisor who has been with MPD for over ten years.

Interim Police Chief Charles Coleman said the alleged incident happened in 2018 and recently resurfaced.

"The incident occurred while our K-9 unit was training in Northport, Alabama, in 2018. It resurfaced in February of 2020, causing some workplace friction,” said Coleman.

Coleman said Lawn will remain suspended until the investigation is completed.

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