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The assistant police chief of the DC police department claims that she was ordered to have an abortion in order to keep her job

ashington, D.C.’s deputy police chief claims that she was told if she wanted to keep her job, she had to end her pregnancy. In addition to Chanel Dickerson,

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Washington, D.C.’s deputy police chief claims that she was told if she wanted to keep her job, she had to end her pregnancy. In addition to Chanel Dickerson, the top Black female cop in DC, another major announcement was made at a community meeting on Tuesday (Oct. 19).

Dickerson said she was told she had to have an abortion or face being kicked out of MPD’s cadet program when she was 18 years old. “Wow.” she replied. The decision to have a child was personal, and should have been left up to me not a company ultimatum.”

Later, she acknowledged that she did not have to make motherhood-related decisions by herself, but she wasn’t the only woman in the department facing similar choices. An additional staff member was subjected to mistreatment after she requested a shift change so she could take care of her child.

“When I was promoted to sergeant, I thought about how my female colleagues were treated,” Dickerson said. “I was promoted with another sergeant who had a young child to take care of and it was important that she had a shift that allowed her to do so. “Unfortunately, she had to endure treatment no woman should ever have to endure in order to care for her child.” The assistant chief of police did not specify what treatment the police officer endured.

A lawsuit filed last month by 10 Black women against D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department included Dickerson. Women police officers alleged that they had been discriminated against and harassed because of their race and sexual orientation, allegations that the police chief had personally experienced. However, the complaints were dismissed.

A second round of lawsuits was filed by Black cadets this week over harassment and retaliation.

In response to the allegations, the police department announced that they would investigate the allegations, adding they are “committed to treating us all fairly and equally.”

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