Group of Current and Former Black Women Cops Sue DC Police

In Summary

A lawsuit filed by Black women police officers claim that the D.C. police engage in racial and sexual discrimination. They’re seeking $100 million. 

Ten former and current Black female officers filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the Washington, D.C., police alleging a hostile workplace and racial and sexual discrimination, according to CNN.   

The group said they faced a “culture of race and sex discrimination” at the Metropolitan Police Department and are suing for $100 million in compensatory damages. They’re also asking for an overhaul of the department’s personnel practices and Equal Employment Opportunity division.   

“They come together as a class here to describe how the MPD has, for decades, treated Black women police officers with contempt, to the point of systematic psychological abuse. As is often the case, the abuse is often not visible by looking at one person, or one incident,” according to the lawsuit.    

Per CNN, there are some plaintiffs, including the current assistant head of police, lieutenant and sergeant.   

“While we cannot discuss the specific allegations due to pending litigation, the Metropolitan Police Department is committed to treating all members fairly and equitably throughout our organization,” the MPD’s director of communications, Dustin Sternbeck, told CNN. “We take these allegations seriously and we will be reviewing them thoroughly and responding accordingly.” 

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