WOODTV reports that Cleon Brown is very proud of his African ancestry. Brown’s 19 years with the Hastings police department understood to be white did not buy him any mercy from joking remarks, according to his complaint. If Brown wins his lawsuit, he will earn a reported $500,000 payday.
A police sergeant has claimed his colleagues were racist towards him after he took a genetic test that revealed he is 18 per cent black.
Cleon Brown said officers taunted him by whispering ‘Black Lives Matter’ and the former mayor told racial jokes, Michigan Live reported.
At Christmas, when the force hung up stockings on their Christmas tree, a black Santa Claus figure with ’18 per cent’ written on its white beard was placed in Brown’s.
It began last autumn when Brown took a genetic test on Ancestry.com, a site that helps users piece together their family tree, revealing he was 18 per cent African American.
He has filed a lawsuit claiming intentional infliction of emotional distress and alleging civil rights violations against authorities in Hastings in the US state of Michigan.
In a statement, the city said police chief Jeff Pratt ordered the comments to stop, and claimed Brown started the ‘joking and banter’.
The statement read: ‘Sgt Brown, in a very joking and jovial manner, informed several of his fellow officers that he had recently taken a DNA test through Ancestry.com and the results showed that he was 18 per cent African American.’
It resulted in ‘mutual bantering’ with officers about their heritage, which ended about a month after Brown brought it up, the city said.
Brown said the police chief called him ‘Kunte’ a character in ‘Roots: The Saga of an American Family’, in front of other officers.
But the city said Pratt ordered the joking to stop when he found the black Santa, and told Brown to be proud of his heritage.
Brown has also filed a discrimination complaint and his attorney Karie Boylan said the stress has affected his health.
I can’t help but wonder if Brown is running a scam. If he encouraged others to label him a Negro, then he should not profit from his own wrongdoing. In fact, I see little evidence that he’s been harmed by any of the allegations he’s brought into the courthouse.
Brown is a snowflake who needs to be given his silly little safe space. He obviously can’t be counted on now to do what needs to be done when arresting black people. He admits he’s one of them!