A Black resource officer who was fired from a high school in Florida for using a racial slur multiple times while in uniform was rehired on Monday, according to the Associated Press.
In a 3-0 vote, Tampa’s Civil Service Board determined that Delvin White’s firing was too harsh a punishment, despite Chief of Police Brian Dugan having cause to do so.
White was seen and heard using the n-word directly to a student that he was arrested in November 2020. He also said the words multiple times on the phone in a separate incident. In a hearing, Dugan testified that the language that White used was a matter of professionalism and he shouldn’t have used it while wearing a Tampa police uniform, the AP reports.
White said that he used the word out of irritation and as a way to connect to the student.
He returned to work on Tuesday but will not receive back pay. He was fired in March.