Cop steps down for racist Trayvon remark

April 5, 2013 at 9:06 AM

WINTER PARK, Fla., April 5 (UPI) -- A Winter Park, Fla., police officer retired after making a racist remark while discussing the Trayvon Martin shooting case with fellow officers, officials said.

Police Lt. Ron Johnson stepped down after an internal investigation he remarked, "This is why they should be drowned at birth," referring to black people, WKMG-TV, Orlando, Fla., reported Friday.

The 27-year department veteran made the comment to fellow officers during a police briefing in February.

Johnson has since retired with full benefits.

"Lt. Ron Johnson has been a part of our police family for many years and to have this occur after an otherwise distinguished career with our department is regretful," Police Chief Brett Railey said. "However, regardless of the individual and years of service, statements of this type are unacceptable in order to maintain the public's trust."

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