Around eighteen Austin police officers have filed a lawsuit against the city for alleged race and age discrimination.
According to the Austin American-Statesman, the police officers, aged 40 years old and above and mostly black or Hispanic, were reassigned from their former post as members of APD’s organized crime division in 2013 to various posts that ranged from traffic division to desk jobs.
The officers who filed the lawsuit had been replaced by young, white male officers and these reassignments have negatively affected their career tracks, they alleged in their complaint. A spokesman from the Austin Police Department said they have yet to comment on the lawsuit as they have yet to receive a copy of it.
In 2011, 29 Austin police officers who filed an unrelated discrimination suit against the Austin Police Department and won $1.5 million.
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