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Austin P.D. reassignments: Culture change or bias

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The Austin Police Department last year reassigned 19 supervisors from its organized crime division in what officials term an attempt to “change culture.” Thirteen reassigned officers see the move differently, and they are fighting it.

Since most of the officers are over age 40 and either black or Hispanic, they view the move as shifting older and minority employees out of coveted positions. The officers have filed complaints with the Texas Workforce Commission.

Department officials claim the shakeup had been decided upon last fall. Apparently, the department views a “clean sweep” as the best way to make the change.

Mark Crampton, attorney for the complaining officers, states the initiative is “an attempt to weed out some older officers, some Hispanic officers and some black officers.” He also notes that the officers need only prove discriminatory impact, not intent.

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