Two Dallas narcotics detectives, both black, got into a fight on Friday after one made racial slurs about the other. Both officers have been placed on restrictive duty.
The incident occurred when a white officer asked one of the black officers, Dennis Malone, for help in transporting a man arrested on drug charges to jail. The other black officer, Charles Palmer, began yelling at Malone for helping the white officer. Malone told supervisors that Palmer was using the n-word and calling him an “Uncle Tom.”
“We’re waiting on the public integrity investigation to determine what actions will be taken,” said Acting Assistant Chief Julian Bernal. “The whole issue is problematic — using those kinds of names whether you’re talking to another officer or not. It kind of transcends into the public. If you’re using that terminology with another officer, you’re probably using that terminology with the public.”