DPD Chief addresses ex-WDIV reporter Podell's alleged racial slur, resignation

Reporter Lauren Podell resigns from WDIV amid growing controversy over her alleged use of the n-word.

Activists Sam Riddle and Rev. W.J. Rideout first spoke out about the controversy on social media then rallied upset viewers demanding Channel 4 take action.

Now Detroit Police Chief James Craig addressed the controversy Thursday.

One day after a former television news reporter for WDIV resigned, Craig is sharing his opinion.

"It's a troubling day, troubling," said Craig.

Podell is accused of used N-Word off-air in regards to a crime story on Easter weekend. The allegations surfaced earlier this week which led to a uproar on social media leading to her resignation on Wednesday.

"This reporter failed the people who live, work, and play in the City of Detroit," Craig said.

Craig has a live Facebook chat he calls "Real Talk."  This week it took place at the A-LIST salon on Detroit's west side.

"The reporter made the unwise decision to use a racial epithet in reference to crime victims," Craig said.

Craig says it's good that Lauren Podell resigned, but also suggests that her former station, WDIV, issues a public apology.

"If you have that point of view, then you should rethink why you're here," Craig said.

Craig says at this point, he feels only station management can make this situation right, also touching on he would be held accountable if an officer had been accused of making similar comments.

"The station has some great people and I think do it for them," Craig said. "Do it for the men and women who are professionals who work there."

So far, the only statement the station has released is that Podell resigned.

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