Slur didn’t come from police radio

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A racial slur that was heard over a New Haven police department frequency didn’t come from a police radio, FBI experts told New Haven police.

The incident happened on December 30, 2013, when someone was heard on the radio using the N-word. It was said only once, around 12:30 a.m.

An internal investigation was launched, and the FBI was eventually called in to help track down the source.

According to a statement from NHPD:

The report concluded the slur was not uttered using a New Haven Police Department radio. The radios are incapable of producing the identification signal that was detected.

In that statement, Chief Dean Esserman said “The amount of work that went into this investigation was remarkable. This incident shook and offended every member of our department. Nothing but a thorough and vigorous investigation was called for in this case.

“We are grateful to the F.B.I. for the high-priority attention they’ve given to this most disturbing matter.”

Police continue to look for the person who got on their frequency and made the remark.

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