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Chicago cop sues to change race, citing alleged promotion discrimination — argues officers can choose ‘gender identity’
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Chicago cop sues to change race, citing alleged promotion discrimination — argues officers can choose ‘gender identity’

A Chicago Police Department officer recently filed a lawsuit against the city after he claims the law enforcement department refuses to allow him to change his race despite allowing officers to choose their so-called "gender identity," Fox News Digital reported.

Mohammad Yusuf, 43, sued Chicago last week, stating that his official records claim he is "Caucasian" when he "currently identifies as Egyptian and African American."

The lawsuit explains that when Yusuf joined the department in 2004, it only offered three racial designations, including Caucasian, Black, and Hispanic. At the time, Yusuf chose "Caucasian." According to the suit, Yusuf "was compelled to identify as Caucasian, despite not identifying as white."

Now, the new department recruit can choose between "over nine" race selections, including "Black or African American," "Hispanic or Latino," "White," "American Indian or Alaska Native," "Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander," "Two or more races," or "I choose not to disclose."

Yusuf has since attempted to change his racial designation on his official records, even allegedly providing the results of a "23 and Me" genetic test. According to the officer, the department told him that changing his racial designation was "not possible."

Yusuf's lawsuit explains that the CPD has allowed officers' "gender identity [to be] corrected to match their lived experience."

"While other CPD officers can correct their gender to match their gender identity, other officers, like Yusuf, are barred from obtaining accurate racial designations matching their racial identity," the suit read.

His complaint further claims that his racial designation is preventing him from receiving promotions, as the department allegedly rarely provides those advancement opportunities to Caucasian applicants. Yusuf argued that the CPD's promotional system "particularly" benefits "minority candidates."

According to the lawsuit, the 20-year veteran "scored in the first promotional tier" on the sergeant's exam in 2019 but has yet to receive the promotion. There have been "over 75 Merit Promotions to sergeant," and "less than five" were granted to officers who identify as Caucasian, the complaint alleged.

"Despite Yusuf's exemplary qualifications and the purported race-neutral policy of the Merit System, Yusuf has been repeatedly bypassed for promotion in favor of less qualified candidates, based on their race, specifically African American officers, some of whom had disciplinary issues and were not suitable for the responsibilities of a sergeant," Yusuf's lawsuit claimed.

"The Racial Identity Policy Ban facially and intentionally discriminates against certain individuals based on personally identifiable characteristics like race," he stated.

The CPD told Fox News Digital that it does not comment on pending litigation.

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Candace Hathaway

Candace Hathaway

Candace Hathaway is a staff writer for Blaze News.
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