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Hope Mills investigates allegation that official used racial slur

Hope Mills is investigating an allegation that a town commissioner used a racial slur when discussing Police Chief Robert Hassell, who is black, officials said Wednesday.

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HOPE MILLS, N.C. — Hope Mills is investigating an allegation that a town commissioner used a racial slur when discussing Police Chief Robert Hassell, who is black, officials said Wednesday.

Town Manager Randy Beeman confirmed that Town Attorney William Jackson was looking into a report that Commissioner Tonzie Collins used the slur while speaking with two officers on April 1.

Jackson will decide after the investigation whether to refer the matter to the North Carolina League of Municipalities for further investigation, Beeman said.

Neither Collins nor Hassell could be reached for comment.

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