A La Crosse police officer is claiming racial harassment
and retaliation within the department.
Earlier this year.
officer Anthony Clark filed a discrimination complaint
with the City of La Crosse.
In the complaint.
Clark describes multiple instances where he believes
he was the target of racial harassment by fellow officers
News 8's Brittany Schmidt joins us now with the details....
Mike and Lisa,
In the complaint, Officer Clark says he has been subject
of racial slurs for some time now...
and after meeting with his superiors and human resources
with the city of La Crosse.
Officer Clark and his lawyer say the situation needs
to be taken more seriously.
The attorney representing Officer Anthony Clark says
Clark was subject to racial slurs for more than a
It started with comments and it started relatively
Very offensive references to
black Americans and stereotypical
According to Officer Clark's Discrimination Complaint...
Graphic: He claims he has been called White on the
inside" and a "House dog" by white co-workers.
denied training for a variety of matters and various
After Officer Clark brought these matters to our attention,
we then made direct contact with the chief of police
in order to address these questions and we were referred
to HR in the City of La Crosse.
Officer Clark and his lawyer met with the director
of Human Rosources and were told an investigation
would take place.
According to the summary of investigation...
The investigation, which began in April, 2014,....addressed
almost all of the allegations set forth in Officer
Clark's Discrimination Complaint.
But Clark's laywer says not only did the racial harassment
continue, but then it included retaliation.
Within days of our interview with the city, officer
Clark received a reprimand for a dirty squad car,
which when he received it, the officer handing it
to him acknowledged the fact that they were aware
that he didn't do it, but that he was the one ordered
to clean it up.
The City of La Crosse has taken Officer Clark's claims
of racial harassment and retaliation very seriously.
However, Graphic Based on its internal investigation
of Officer Clark's allegations, the City of La Crosse
denies all allegations contained in his Disrimination
Complaint" because many of officer Clark's allegations
did not rise to the level of racial harrassment and
the retaliation couldn't be proven.
In La Crosse, Brittany Schmidt, News 8
The summary also includes recommendations to the police
encouraging additional diversity and harrasment training,