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25 current, former Clayton County PD officers allege discrimination

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CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -

More than two dozen current and former Clayton County Police Departments have filed a complaint alleging racial discrimination.

The 25 officers, who are white, filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. They claim that the police department does not give them a fair shake because of the color of their skin.

Attorney Stephen Mixon represents all 25 officers.

"What we found is a pattern of racial discrimination, really in two areas. One area was in the area of promotions. The other area was in discipline," said Mixon.

Mixon says the discrimination at the Clayton County Police Department flows from the top down. He says he is trying to determine just how long it has allegedly been going on.

"At this point, we are so early in this investigation, I'm not pointing fingers only at Chief Porter. The buck stops with Chief Porter," said Mixon.

Porter was out of town on business Monday, but he told FOX 5's Aungelique Proctor by phone that the department does not promote based on race or gender, but qualifications. The chief also said that discipline is based on conduct.

"I welcome an inquiry by EEOC or anyone who wants to see how we promote and discipline our officers," said Porter.

Mixon didn't want to talk about case-by-case specifics but believes there is definitely a racial problem at the Clayton County Police Department.

"What I know is that there are 25 people who are all making the same allegations and then multiple other people who are making similar allegations who don't want their names listed yet," Mixon said.  

FOX 5 has learned that three of the 25 accusers are females. It could take the EEOC six months to a year to make a decision on the cases.

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