Two Maryland branches of the NAACP are asking the federal government to look into whether a D.C.-area police department discriminated against six Black officers.
Officials with the Montgomery and Prince George's chapters of the NAACP want to know whether the six Hyattsville Police Department veterans were subjected to hostile work environment, sexual harassment and were wrongfully terminated.
"Two African-American officers were wrongfully terminated during their 18-month probationary period, while a White officer who had five accidents and two police misconduct charges was promoted during the probationary period," June White Dillard, president of the Prince George's County's chapter of the NAACP, told The Washington Post. "An African-American officer had to present medical documentation and was still placed on patrol duty even though six months pregnant. A White female officer was given light duty with no medical requirements. The same officer was subjected to sexual comments.”
Dillard said that the NAACP has submitted 10 pages of documentation to the civil rights division of the Justice Department showing that there was a double standard at play within the 42-member police department.
Henry Hailstock, president of the Montgomery County branch of the NAACP, told the Post that he delivered the complaint to Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, head of the civil rights division for the Justice Department, on Friday.
The NAACP officials said they went straight to the Justice Department, because they did not trust the police departments would handle the matter appropriately.
"These police officers have filed complaints about their treatment in the Hyattsville Police Department since 2002, and the city administrator has always cleared" the department, Dillard told the Post. "There was no reason to contact them now because the department has failed to resolve any of these complaints for the last eight years."