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Notes: Alexandria police captain files lawsuit over racial bias in promotions

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(Updated 10 a.m.) The Washington Post on Friday reported that Alexandria Police Department (APD) Capt. Monica Lisle, a white woman who is openly gay, lost out on promotions due to “unannounced racial quotas.”

Lisle, who has been with APD since 2002 and leads the Criminal Investigations Division, said in the lawsuit that the scores were manipulated in the hiring process for three assistant chief vacancies to improperly benefit Black candidates.

The Washington Post reported that Lisle filed a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) last year. The grievance panel found that she was unfairly disqualified from the selection process and awarded her the promotion to assistant chief, and now Lisle is heading to the Alexandria Circuit Court on Tuesday, Aug. 29, to ask a judge to enforce that ruling.

The city’s attorneys, meanwhile, said there was no motive shown for Lisle being unfairly disqualified and that promoting her to assistant chief would not be justified.

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