Police: Ocoee officer fired for using racial slur

Wagner made comment to another officer about his 'n----- house,' records show

By Emilee Speck - Digital journalist

OCOEE, Fla. - An Ocoee police officer was fired Thursday after he used a racial slur while speaking to a fellow officer in September, a spokesperson for the Ocoee Police Department said.

Former Lt. William Wagner was speaking to a fellow officer on Sept. 29 about the damage his home suffered during Hurricane Irma, according to the news release, when the incident occurred.

Wagner showed the other officer a photo of the house calling it a "n--- house," according to the report. Wagner immediately apologized to his fellow officer and reported what he said to police Chief Charles Brown.

Wagner was relieved after the investigation found that he violated department policy and professional conduct rules.

"I am deeply troubled by his use of a racial slur, which is not only offensive but (sic) unacceptable," Brown said in a statement. "His actions undermine the tremendous work our police officers do every day to build a true partnership with our Ocoee community based on trust and respect."

Wagner did not have any similar violations on his personnel file, according to the department.

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