Police Lieutenant Claims Reverse Discrimination

September 5, 2012

An Albuquerque police lieutenant is accusing the department and top city leaders of passing over him and others in order to promote lesser-qualified officers.

The reverse-discrimination claim filed by Lt. Gregory Callaghan says the department promoted unqualified minorities and women to high-level administrative positions. He also claims that top police officials retaliated against him when he questioned the promotions.

The Albuquerque Journal reported the human rights bureau at the state Workforce Solutions department notified Albuquerque Police on Aug. 24 that it would investigate Callahan’s complaint.

Police Chief Ray Schultz declined to comment. City administrator Rob Perry says he hasn’t seen the complaint but is pleased Schultz considers diversity as an important component of his executive promotion selection process.

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