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Columbus Police lieutenant accused of creating racially-charged, hostile work environment

A Columbus Police lieutenant could lose her job as the chief of police is recommending she be fired. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- A Columbus Police lieutenant could lose her job as the chief of police is recommending she be fired.

Columbus Police Lieutenant Melissa McFadden is accused of creating a hostile work environment. The accusations are racially charged.

In a more than 400-page internal affairs document, officers and supervisors were interviewed about McFadden's comments on the job.

In one complaint, Lt. McFadden is accused of alienating younger African-American officers. The compliant states "If an African American disagreed with her, they would not be considered black or black enough."

Now, police chief Kim Jacobs has recommended the lieutenant be demoted to officer and then terminated.

A review of her personnel record shows McFadden has received several "employee compliments" during her 22 years on the force.

ABC 6/FOX 28 requested an interview with McFadden, but her attorney said she could not make a comment at this time.

Her attorney, Sam Schlein, did release this statement:

"Lt. McFadden is a career public servant and decorated leader in the Columbus Division of Police. Lt. McFadden denies the allegations in the investigation that led to Chief Jacobs recommending her termination. Lt. McFadden is shocked that Chief Jacobs would have terminated her employment based on these allegations, while white officers were not terminated for far worse conduct including use of the n-word, and theft of time. Lt. McFadden looks forward to appealing any negative final decision on her employment, through arbitration and all available legal processes."

The investigation is now in the hands of the Director of Public Safety.

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