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Columbus cop quits following furor over YouTube tirade

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A Columbus patrol officer resigned after coming under fire for a series of hostile homemade videos she broadcast on the web site In the videos, the officer and her sister called blacks, Jews, Cubans and illegal immigrants “filthy” and “scumbags.” The officer’s sister called the videos an expression of free speech meant to reveal the truth about America.

The Columbus Dispatch subsequently reported that the officer was hired in November 1991 despite a review board’s refusal to recommend her application. The board said the woman was undependable and had a history of insubordination.

Former public safety director Larry James, who hired her, acknowledged she was not the “perfect candidate” but added, “The question is, how many perfect candidates do you have to select from at the time? How many people did I, in fact, pass over?”

That will no doubt be the question as the department investigates.

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