TULSA, Okla. - A video posted online has prompted an investigation into the actions of a Tulsa County deputy.
The nearly 13-minute video shows an altercation that took place over the weekend at an east Tulsa IHOP restaurant.
A woman, only identified as a Tulsa deputy, is seen accusing customers of apparently trying to get out of paying for their meals.
The situation became so heated that another customer offered to pay for the food.
Then the woman is heard using a racial slur to describe the customers she was arguing with.
WATCH FOX23 Reporter Cornelius Hocker's full report to see portions of the video:
IHOP and the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office both released statements condemning the language used in the video.
“The franchisee is looking into what transpired, including working with the Sherriff’s department as they conduct their own internal investigation. Neither IHOP or our franchisees believe derogatory language of any kind belongs in our restaurants, regardless of the situation.” – Stephanie Peterson, IHOP
“The Tulsa County Sheriff’ Office has a no tolerance policy, which prohibits language and/or conduct relating to a person’s race, color, nationality, or other legally protected status.
The TCSO has been made aware of a Facebook video featuring one of our Deputies using a racial slur. Our internal affairs division is investigating to determine what disciplinary action is appropriate
The employee in this video regrets her comments, as they do not accurately represent who she is as a person, nor the values of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office.
No additional comment will be made at this time, as this investigation is a personnel matter.”
An investigation is underway to determine if any disciplinary action will be taken.
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