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Black Denver deputies allege discrimination in sheriff’s dept.

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A group of black sheriff’s deputies is suing Denver and the Denver Sheriff Department, claiming the agency harbors a “culture of racism.”

The lawsuit claims black employees are punished more harshly than whites for similar behavior. Derek Cole, the deputies’ attorney, said two white deputies challenged each other to a fight and received suspensions of no more than 20 days, while a black deputy received a 45-day suspension for slapping another male deputy on the butt.

Deputy Troy Motley said white deputies call January “Hug a Brotha Month” because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Motley, who has been with the department for more than 17 years, also said that in 1993, two deputies wore Ku Klux Klan hoods while others waved Nazi signs and said, “Heil Hitler.”

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