Hip Hop Police Sue NYPD For Not Getting Promotions
“The Hip-Hop police, oh yeah they real for sure,” Offset said, when asked about an incident in which his girlfriend Cardi B said she was choked by a NYPD officer.
And he’s not lying: The NYPD has a so-called rap unit which is responsible for keeping an eye on rappers who were involved in violence
The unit was staffed with mostly black detectives. Three of whom are now suing the NYPD for denying them lucrative promotions.
“My white counterparts did a great job. I worked right alongside them, and I should have been promoted with them,” retired detectives Jon McCollum told NY1.
“You do your best, and you are not acknowledged,” retired detective Roland Stephens added. “It makes you feel really unappreciated.”
The detectives believe their race was a factor in why they were never made first-grade detectives. Becoming first grade would mean an extra 30K a year in salary and 15K a year in pension.
“The high ups, primarily white supervisors, who would promote and transfer those who were their friends,” said Elizabeth Saylor, the plaintiffs’ lawyer.
The NYPD counters that black intel detectives were promoted at a faster pace than their colleagues over the last ten years.
The detectives are seeking back pay and new pensions.