Taylor: Used racial slur because teller deferred to boss

MADISON, Wis. - State Sen. Lena Taylor says she used a racial slur during an argument with a Milwaukee bank teller because he wouldn't help her and had deferred her questions to his boss.

A police report says Taylor, a Democrat, told the teller on April 6 he was a "good house (N-word)" because he wouldn't verify sufficient funds existed to cover a check Taylor received from a tenant.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Taylor told WNOV-AM on Monday that she thought she could speak that way because both she and the teller are black and conversations within black culture are different than other conversations.

Police cited Taylor for disorderly conduct. She has pleaded not guilty and has a pretrial appearance Aug. 1

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