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State and Nation

August 2, 2013

Elberta cop fired after using racial slurs

ELBERTA, Ala. (AP) — A south Alabama police officer is out of a job after being accused of using racial slurs on the job.

The Elberta town council voted 6-0 Thursday to terminate officer Ric Rouse.

Mayor Marvin Williams tells WKRG-TV (http://bit.ly/16c64Hd ) the officer repeatedly used the N-word while on duty. Rouse is white.

The mayor says the officer was disciplined for using racial slurs but didn't stop. He also was ordered to attend sensitivity training.

Rouse hasn't commented publicly on his firing.

Rouse had worked for the Baldwin County town for five years. The mayor says there were other problems aside from the officer's language.

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