A federal lawsuit against Cobb County Police Chief John Houser alleges he has engaged in racism against two Black lieutenants.
Lieutenants James Brown and Craig Owens claim the chief has repeatedly promoted White officers to captain ahead of them. They claim they are deserving of the job because of their experience and recommendations. Each have served more than 20 years with the department.
The lawsuit details several incidents when a white officer has been promoted before them. The police department has declined to comment on the lawsuit.
The allegations of racial bias aren’t the first against Cobb Police Department. State Rep. Alisha Morgan, D-Austell, says she’s received complaints form minority officers.
“I am concerned about the process for promotion, and sympathize with these officers and believe they are brave for bringing forth this lawsuit,” Rep. Morgan told WSB.
Brown and Owens are asking for a permanent injunction to prevent this prejudice from being practiced in the department again. The two are also asking that the judge promote them.
There is currently one black member of the Cobb police command staff, according to WSB-TV.