- Associated Press - Sunday, March 6, 2016

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - Two Ocala police sergeants have been demoted, with one accused of having a sexual relationship with a subordinate and the other accused of racial profiling.

The Ocala Star-Banner (http://bit.ly/1QXxu9a ) reports that Kenneth Mitchell, a 27-year veteran of the department has had his ranked reduced from a sergeant to a patrol officer.

Mitchell, who is black, was accused of racial profiling and making inappropriate remarks. Chief Greg Graham says an internal investigation revealed that Mitchell took actions Graham called “inexcusable.” Mitchell declined to comment to the newspaper. He has denied making any racial remarks.

In a separate case, Scott Rowe was also demoted recently from a sergeant to an officer after being accused of having a relationship with a subordinate officer for months while the two were off-duty. Rowe declined to comment.

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Information from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner, http://www.starbanner.com/

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