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Richmond Police Officers Allege Harassment December 14, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in African-American, anti-black, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, harassment, Racism, Racist.

In formal complaints, six high-ranking police officers accuse Richmond’s new police chief of racism and harassment.Three captains and three lieutenants, all African-American, filed their allegations on Tuesday with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, according to CBS 5.

The officers maintain that Police Chief Chris Magnus subjected them to racist and demeaning behavior. They claim to have suffered from negative comments on job evaluations and denial of promotions.

Magnus denied the allegations that he’s a racist and has harassed African American officers. He went on to say that he’s very disappointed that an official complaint was filed.The city is investigating the complaints, said City Manager Bill Lindsay.

One Richmond police commissioner, who asked CBS 5 not to be identified, described the six officers who lodged the complaints against Magnus as upstanding and respected. The commissioner said they represent “the cream of the crop” among the city’s police force.

Magnus was hired earlier this year from Fargo, North Dakota.

City Councilman John Markus, who chairs the Public Safety Committee, was disappointed to hear the complaint, noting that Magnus has made top brass more accountable and worked well with community leaders.

“We’re trying to bring the community together. We need the community to be together, working with the police department at times when we have all this violence in the city,” Markus told KCBS reporter Holly Quan. “It becomes a distraction.”

The department hopes to attract about 25 new recruits, he said, and the internal turmoil might discourage qualified applicants from applying.

C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: kcbs.com

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