Black Delta Mayor Sued by Black Ex-officer for Discrimination

YAZOO CITY, MS (Ben Caxton) — An 82% black Delta city with a black mayor, and black police chief is being sued by a black ex-police officer – for discrimination. Samuel Carter, Jr. has filed suit in U.S. District Court, against Yazoo City for not receiving a promotion is 2015, when the city had a white police chief. Carter worked for the Yazoo City Police Department at various jobs in two stints from 2008 through 2015. He says in his complaint that after testing for promotions in February of 2015 all five people promoted were younger, white officers, in a department that was staffed 95% by blacks. Carter also says that when he complained and filed an EEOC complaint he was reassigned from the night shift to the day shift in the highest crime area of the city. The city has said that Carter’s assignment to the day shift was because he was found sleeping in his patrol car.


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