African-American Police Chief Accused of Racial Discrimination By Four Black Officers

A widening divide between several Little Rock, Arkansas police officers and the department’s chief increased Monday after four black officers filed a discrimination suit against the city. The plaintiffs’ attorney said the African-American police chief is far more willing to discipline or harass black officers to “relieve white folks of a lot of their guilt.”

Lieutenant Earnest Whitten and sergeants Derrick Threadgill and Willie Davis, and ex-officer Jackie Parker claim they were subjected to “disparate” treatment due to both their age and race, Arkansas Times first reported. Although Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner is not named as a defendant in the federal lawsuit, the officers said the hostile work environment was inflamed by the department’s retaliation against their…

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