NEW YORK — The Latest on a New York Police Department race discrimination lawsuit (all times local):
The New York Police Department says it’s aware of allegations black detectives within the intelligence division were not promoted while white officers were.
Assistant Commissioner Peter Donald says the allegations were first made several years ago.
Three black detectives on Monday filed a lawsuit arguing the department discriminated against them. They say they had track records of solid investigative work but were passed over for promotions because they’re black.
Police say their review found lower-ranking black detectives in the unit were promoted more often than their colleagues.
Most of the officers in the division are white, as are all the higher-ranking officers.
The black detectives filed an employment complaint in 2011. Donald says department officials investigated the claims and gave a report to the Department of Justice, which declined to pursue the case.
This item has been corrected to show police, not the three black detectives, say their review showed lower-ranking blacks were promoted more.
Three black detectives in the New York Police Department’s intelligence division have filed a federal lawsuit, saying they were denied promotions because of their race.
The detectives joined the unit, which is responsible for investigating terrorism and other crimes, in 2001.
They say they had track records of solid investigative work but were passed over for promotions. They believe it is because they are black; most of the officers in the division are white, as are all the higher-ranking officers.
The police department didn’t immediately comment on the allegations.
All three have since retired. They filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which found that black detectives don’t get equal treatment. The Justice Department declined to file a civil rights lawsuit. The New York Civil Liberties Union took up the case.