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Women officers claim racial discrimination and sexual harassment by DC police

ere is a class action lawsuit filed by ten Black women at the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC, over the mistreatment of some of their staff members.

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There is a class action lawsuit filed by ten Black women at the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC, over the mistreatment of some of their staff members. A group of women officers, reported by NBC News, claims that the department is a hostile workplace where racial discrimination and sexual harassment are practiced and that officers who complain are intimidated, silenced and forced to leave.

Officer Tiara Brown, for example, resigned from MPD when she complained about behavior she considered to be both racist and sexist by her colleagues, which resulted in her being bullied.

Officer Kia Mitchell claims she was forced out of the department after complaining about the urination of another male officer in front of her and other male officers, while Officer Sinobia Brinkley claims she was forced out after complaining about the incident in a public place.

The lawsuit asserts that Tabatha Knight was “systematically discriminated against and forced out of the MPD” for revealing that local staff changed crime records to make it look like crimes had been committed in their areas.

Black female MPD officers who are still employed by the department are also named in the lawsuit, including Officer Leslie Clark, Sergeant Tamika Hampton, Officer Karen Carr, and Lieutenant LaShaun Lockerman.

They allege that they approached the Equal Employment Office after reporting their incidents only to discover that the Equal Employment Office Director had been colluding with management, by playing them clips of recorded interviews with the women before interrogating them.

The suit states that the investigation reports containing accusations of racism and sexism are often manipulated and tampered with in order to exonerate management staff. The MPD’s Equal Employment Opportunity Department has not received a single complaint of discrimination based on race or gender.

Pam Keith has now made a formal request for $100 million in compensation for the MPD officers named in the suit. Also, she wants a special master appointed to oversee the practices of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Metro Police Department officials say any allegations against them are taken seriously, and they are reviewing the allegations carefully.

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