White Cops Sue San Francisco for Racial Discrimination

White Cops Sue San Francisco for Racial Discrimination BY MATTHEW VADUM for The Epoch Times

San Francisco is being accused of systemic race-based discrimination in a lawsuit filed by 13 white police officers who say they were passed over for promotion by the local police department because they are white.

The San Francisco Police Department “has a pattern of promoting lower-scoring candidates over higher-scoring candidates when promoting candidates to Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain,” according to the 24-page complaint, a copy of which was obtained by The Epoch Times. The complaint was filed June 11 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California by Fresno-based attorney M. Greg Mullanax.

The city claims it did nothing wrong.

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John Coté, a spokesman for City Attorney Dennis Herrera, told reporters the SFPD “uses lawful, merit-based civil service examinations in making promotions.” The system used is “designed to provide qualified individuals with the chance for advancement while ensuring fair treatment without regard to race, gender, religion, age or other status.”

But the SFPD has a long history of racial run-ins with its employees, according to a summary prepared by the San Francisco Chronicle.

In 1973 an organization representing black and female police officers sued the department for discriminating against them in the hiring and promotion process. The city settled in 1979, promising to behave better by, among other things, “banding” promotion test results “so that all candidates who scored within a certain range were treated the same, allowing them to be judged on other factors such as experience and language skills.” Banding was upheld by federal courts in 1992 when the San Francisco Police Officers Association (POA) sued, claiming the practice amounted to anti-white discrimination, the summary states.

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