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Police Lieutenant Makes Discrimination Allegation

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DETROIT (AP) - A lieutenant in charge of the Detroit Police Department's drug unit says he was the victim of racial discrimination and subjected to a hostile work environment for reporting wrongdoing.

Lt. Charles Flanagan, who is white, filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on May 28, four days after Internal Affairs conducted an audit of the Narcotics Section.

Flanagan's attorney Mike Rataj says the 29-year police veteran uncovered numerous issues after assuming command of the unit in November. Flanagan says he and two other white officers who are his friends were going to be transferred because he reported suspected wrongdoing.

Chief James Craig, who can order transfers, says he doesn't make personnel decisions based on race. Craig says Flanagan's allegations were quickly investigated.

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