Coalition demands oust of some MS Public Safety administrators

WLOX Staff

JACKSON, MS (AP) - A group of black troopers is demanding the removal or demotion of nearly a dozen Mississippi Department of Public Safety administrators and a change in the way promotions are awarded.

The Mississippi Central State Troopers Coalition is also seeking a criminal investigation into allegations of steroid use and extortion. Specific details of those allegations were not revealed. However, other recommendations include having the agency review how it reprimands troopers and assigning black troopers to the New Albany office, where the group says there are none.

A DPS spokesman said the agency has no comment on the recommendations.

The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, in a letter made public Wednesday, asked the D.P.S. to begin the process of ridding itself of a system that's relegated black troopers to the lower ranks.

The agency "discriminated against blacks as a class because of their race with respect to assignment, demotions, discharges, discipline, harassment, hiring, intimidation, hostile work environment, promotions and the overall terms and conditions of their employment," the E.E.O.C. said.

The Department of Public Safety was given 14 days to respond.

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