Lawsuit accuses State Police of discriminatory hiring

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DETROIT (AP) — A black Detroit police sergeant who was rejected by the Michigan State Police accuses the agency in a lawsuit of following a pattern of discriminatory conduct and cultural bias in State Police trooper recruitment.

The Detroit Free Press ( ) reports that the lawsuit was filed Monday in Wayne County Circuit Court on behalf of Marlon Carter and is proposed as a class action. Carter is a sergeant with the Detroit Police Department who passed the State Police written test in 2012 but was denied a job with the agency.

The lawsuit alleges that cultural bias in the test and other criteria used in 2012 "have a disproportionately disparate impact on African Americans."

State Police officials say they're recruiting much more actively in large Michigan cities, where there are larger black populations.


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