TN Black Female Officer Faced Retaliation after Alleging Rape by Another Officer
In November 2018 a black female police officer in Tennessee filed a lawsuit alleging racial and gender discrimination against the department for which she works. The lawsuit alleges that she was retaliated against after she reported being raped by another officer. The retaliation appeared in the form of a harsher punishment for a minor infraction, while white male officers had received less severe punishments for more serious infractions. This is an example of both institutionalized racism and the patriarchy, as her claims of rape appear to have not been taken seriously.