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Tulsa County Sheriff's Office investigating deputy accused of using racial slur

Posted at 11:39 AM, May 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-14 13:09:36-04

TULSA — The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a deputy was accused of using a racial slur in a viral video.

The incident happened at a Tulsa-area IHOP restaurant, according to a press release from We the People Oklahoma, which calls for the firing of the deputy, Ernestine Truewell.

The Sheriff's Office issued the following statement about the incident:

"The Tulsa County Sheriff’ Office has a no tolerance policy, which prohibits language and/or conduct relating to a person’s race, color, nationality, or other legally protected status.

The TCSO has been made aware of a Facebook video featuring one of our Deputies using a racial slur. Our internal affairs division is investigating to determine what disciplinary action is appropriate.

The employee in this video regrets her comments, as they do not accurately represent who she is as a person, nor the values of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office.

No additional comment will be made at this time, as this investigation is a personnel matter."

Watch the Facebook video in question below. *Warning* - Inappropriate language is used in the video.

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