Black officers in Calif. allege racism, threaten suit

Requesting the city investigate disciplinary actions, pay, promotions and the general treatment of black officers versus white officers


By John Asbury
The Press Enterprise (Riverside, CA.)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Banning city officials are conducting an investigation into allegations of racism and discrimination at the Banning Police Department after one current and two former officers issued a letter indicating they may sue the city.

A Los Angeles attorney, Rupert Byrdsong, sent the letter to the Banning City Council, City Manager Andy Takata and Banning Police Chief Leonard Purvis late Sunday requesting the city investigate disciplinary actions, pay, promotions and the general treatment of black officers versus white officers.

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