The Detroit Police Department has a “growing racial problem,” says a new internal report that cites black officers complaining of discrimination from white superiors and retaliation when the issue of bias was raised, reports the Detroit News. The Committee on Race and Equality (CORE) also cited concern for gender and sexual-orientation matters. The committee received reports of numerous incidents that directly or indirectly involved command staff in discriminatory practices, including intimidation and retaliation.
Police Chief James Craig called the findings, which The Detroit News received through a Freedom of Information Act request, an assessment of the department and not an investigation. The report alleged “imbedded racial attitudes and behavior exhibited by some in the command staff.” It attributed the problems to “top-down entrenched discriminatory practices. Simply put, the racism that exist(s) in the department trickles down from command officers to the rank and file.”