City confirms former police chief used N-word. Reported by Doug Livingston. City officials say former Akron Police Chief James Nice was forced to resign Sunday, in part, because of his use of the N-word. Nice, who is white, said the racial slur in a private conversation not involving other Akron police, according to city officials. Mayor Dan Horrigan and Provisional Police Chief Ken Ball condemned Nice’s behavior, stressing that it doesn’t reflect the values and mission of the Akron Police Department.

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