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Black LAPD Captain Files Suit Against City

A Black Los Angeles police captain is suing the city, alleging he was denied promotions because he did not conform with what he claims is Chief Charlie Beck's belief that all officers sent to Board of Rights hearings should be fired.

Captain Byford (Peter) Whittingham also alleges that only three Black captains have been promoted to elevated captain ranks with higher pay out of the 58 such promotions Beck has granted since becoming head of the department in November 2009.

Whittingham's whistleblower suit also alleges retaliation and discrimination. He's seeking unspecified damages.

An LAPD spokeswoman said the department does not comment on litigation.

According to the lawsuit, Whittingham at times serves on Board of Rights hearings to determine whether officers should be disciplined for alleged misconduct.

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