‘Your skin is your sin’: Chicago cops sue Rahm Emanuel After Demotions
The report doesn’t have all the facts that might play out through due process. The allegation is that white officers were demoted from Rahmbo’s detail when he took office, while black officers were not.
Eleven Chicago police officers are suing the city over claims they were demoted from the mayor’s security detail when Rahm Emanuel took office because they weren’t politically connected and aren’t black.
Commander Brian Thompson, a defendant in the suit who is black, allegedly told one of the officers “the color of your skin is your sin” when the officer asked about the discrepancy.
The officers are seeking to be reinstated with their old title and salary, and are seeking unspecified damages.
The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Illinois, contains explosive accusations that the officers had their civil rights violated after Emanuel took office last year.
The officers charge that shortly after Emanuel was elected in February 2011, the city government began to bring people associated with the Emanuel campaign on board — both those who volunteered on Emanuel’s security detail during the campaign and others who were “politically involved.”
Within a few weeks, the suit says, most of the defendants were removed from the detail “without just cause or any explanation” and were demoted in title, rank and pay. Meanwhile, they allegedly were replaced by Emanuel’s former security detail volunteers and others with a “political connection.”