SAN FRANCISCO — Two white San Francisco male police officers are suing the city for what they claim to be racial bias in the promotion practices of the police department.
Heinz Hoffman and Thomas Buckley filed a lawsuit complaint Aug. 16, stating “The city has a longstanding custom and practice in discriminating against white males.”
According to the complaint in Hoffman v. SF, San Francisco, the SFPD changed its promotion exam policies in response to a 1978 court order, thanks to a 1973 anti-discrimination lawsuit filed by African American SFPD employees calling themselves Officers for Justice.
The court order expired in 1998. But, the complaint says, the Police Department continued to employ a promotions system Hoffman and Buckley says unfairly discriminates against white males.