Prince George’s County Police Chief of Police Hank Stawinski said in a letter Tuesday the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division has initiated an investigation into racial complaints against African-American and Hispanic officers.
The U.S. Department of Justice received the complaint in March 2016. Today, over 100 Prince George’s County police officers have signed on to the complaint.
In the letter, Stawinski said the “allegations of discrimination against Hispanics and African-Americans in violation of Title VII with respect to their employment in sworn positions on our police department.”
“I will not tolerate an unfair work environment I will not tolerate an injustice,” Stawinski said Tuesday in a statement.
The officers who filed the complaint allege discrimination involving promotions and transfers. They said they took their concerns to the chief, but a resolution was not reached so they filed the complaint.
Stawinksi said he and his department would cooperate fully with the investigation.