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"Very mistaken"

When Rickey Moore's friends mourned his death last month, they built a wooden memorial with a cardboard sign for handwritten tributes from friends. One of the first tributes read: "To my nigga forever. We miss you already."

A more recent tribute says: "We gon miss you my nigga."

Yet the white Cincinnati police officer who shot Mr. Moore was disciplined five years earlier for using the same n-word variation.

Officer Thomas Haas says he was trying to subdue a difficult prisoner at the Hamilton County Justice Center in November 1996, when he pulled a knit stocking cap over the man's face and called him "nigga."

"Officer Haas claims he used the term in a friendly manner and that he was not attempting to be disrespectful," a police report of the incident says. "He also claims this is an acceptable term used by persons on the street, primarily drug dealers. He states that he is trying to be a good community police officer by "acting the role' and by presenting himself in a manner close to the persons he serves."

Capt. Kenneth Jones, the police supervisor who wrote the report, disagreed with Officer Haas.

"Officer Haas is under the belief that in order to communicate with members of the community, it is OK to talk exactly as they do," Capt. Jones wrote. "He is very mistaken.

"We must be aware that there are various cultures within our community where certain language may be acceptable within that culture, but not by outsiders."



http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2001/08/05/loc_1the_n-word.html


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