KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas City, Kansas police officer contends in a federal lawsuit that the Unified Government of Wyandotte County has not addressed rampant racism and sexism in the police department.
In her lawsuit, Z’Iontae Womack, a black woman, joined the police force in July 2007. In the lawsuit, she said white and male officers are not reprimanded for offenses for which she has been punished, and that female officers are held to higher standards than male officers.
According to the lawsuit, more than 80 percent of the department's more than 300 officers are white, with about four officers who are black women, The Kansas City Star reported.
Police spokesman Jonathon Westbrook says the department will not comment on pending litigation.
The lawsuit also contends now-retired Police Chief Terry Zeigler fostered an atmosphere of race and gender discrimination in the department, with little or no discipline for racial comments and jokes.
In a video posted to Twitter Tuesday, Zeigler said some employees do not like to be held accountable for their actions.