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Austin officers file complaints over reassignments

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - More than a dozen Austin police officers have filed complaints with the state alleging racial and age discrimination in the wake of staff reassignments.

The Austin American-Statesman reports ( the complaints submitted in recent weeks with the Texas Workforce Commission are a required step before a lawsuit can be filed.

The department last summer reassigned 19 supervisors and officers who were part of a prominent organized crime division. They were transferred from coveted positions to jobs that include night patrol shifts.

Thirteen of the officers filed complaints with the commission. Nearly all of them are black or Hispanic officers in their 50s.

Police officials have said the division needed a staffing overhaul, and that such transfers are not uncommon for specialized units where burnout can be a problem.


Information from: Austin American-Statesman,

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