Black Female Baltimore Police Officer Sues Department Over Alleged Racial and Sexual Bias

An officer is suing the Baltimore Police Department, accusing it of racial discrimination and sexual harassment in what she says is a pattern of bias against black female officers.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday by Sgt. Jasmin Rowlett accuses colleagues of spreading rumors she had relationships with subordinate officers. She says that when she reported the harassment, nothing was done and she was instead charged internally with fraternization based upon the rumors.

The Baltimore Sun reports the single mother was suspended without pay for months.

Rowlett says black women in the department are repeatedly subject to disproportionately hostile treatment compared to white male officers. The lawsuit describes that when a white male officer began a relationship with a female subordinate, they weren’t harassed or disciplined.

A police spokesman declined to comment.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com