Eight officers from the Denver Police Latino Organization filed a class action federal civil rights and employment discrimination complaint against the department. The Latino officers allege they have been denied promotions because of their race; have been racially slurred and received harsher discipline than their white counterparts. They also allege the city and police administrators delayed or ignored their problems.
Latino officers note that the commission appointed panel that makes subjective decisions is not diverse enough. The police force is 20.3 percent Latino; officers above the corporal rank are 18.7 percent Latino, while 70.3 percent are white. Denver's Latino population is at 35 percent.
If you feel you may be included in this pending class action, please contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission directly: [EEOC]