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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Black Capitol Police staff complain about discrimination

I could make this about having a Black President and Black people in America still can't get a fair shake even in policing the US Capitol. Well that would've been a stretch I know. Article from The Hill via Instapundit:
In a press conference, members of the U.S. Capitol Black Police Association announced they intended to file a classwide request for counseling with the Office of Compliance, which will “initiate a process that will in all likelihood lead to yet another discrimination complaint” filed against Capitol Police, according to association member and Capitol Police Lt. Frank Adams.

Cited as reasons for the action are reprisals, hostile work environment and discrimination committed against black employees by the Capitol Police, the Capitol Police Board and the senior employment counsel for both, Frederick Herrera.

“The United States Capitol Police Department continues to project a model culture of discrimination as reflected in a ‘modern day version of a 19th Century Southern Plantation in law enforcement,’” Adams said.

The U.S. Capitol Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In 2001, current and former black Capitol Police officers and employees filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court, citing discrimination by the Capitol Police Board. Blackmon-Malloy v. U.S. Capitol Police Board has yet to be resolved, but the number of plaintiffs has been whittled down in the intervening years due to deaths or plaintiff settlements.
EDIT: I just read the Wikipedia page on this agency and it noted that there had been a shooting at the Capitol in 1998 where the Capitol Police had lost two of their officers. One of those fallen officers, Jacob Chestnut, just so happened to be Black. He was said to be the first Black to lie in honor at the Capitol.

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