LGBT police officers say they’ve faced horrible discrimination, and now they’re suing

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02/08/2019

It didn’t matter whether Jay Brome called for backup during high-speed stolen car pursuits, intense vehicle impoundments or hit-and-run investigations. His fellow officers at the California Highway Patrol would not respond even when situations required him to hold his gun out, putting his life at risk. They made him feel unsafe at work in other ways, too, Brome recalls. Brome filed numerous internal complaints, but nothing happened. Supervisors allowed the hostile treatment to continue, Brome surmised, because he was a gay man. In 2016, Brome sued the California Highway Patrol for 20 years of alleged discrimination and harassment. “They refuse to acknowledge there’s a problem and they refuse to do anything about it,” said Brome, of Vallejo, California.

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