What’s Going On? San Francisco Police Officers Sue City, Claiming Bias Against Whites in Promotions

San Francisco police cars sit parked in front of the Hall of Justice on February 27, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
San Francisco police cars sit parked in front of the Hall of Justice on February 27, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Thirteen present and former San Francisco police officers sued the city in federal court Tuesday, claiming that they have been discriminated against in promotions because they are white.

Twelve plaintiffs are current officers who allege they were passed over for promotions to sergeant, lieutenant or captain because they are white males. The other plaintiff is a retired sergeant who contends she was passed over for promotion to lieutenant because she is a white lesbian.

The lawsuit claims violations of federal and state anti-discrimination laws and constitutional rights. It asks for an injunction barring the alleged bias and for compensatory and punitive financial awards.

The defendants include the city, the Police Department, the Police Commission, Mayor London Breed, former Mayor Mark Farrell, Police Chief Bill Scott and former Chief Greg Suhr.

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SOURCE: CBS San Francisco