A group of black female police officers have filed a lawsuit against the godawful Washington, D.C. Police Department, claiming if they were pregnant, they would have to have an abortion or be fired from the force.
D.C.’s assistant police chief this week claimed that as an 18-year-old cadet she was told to get an abortion or she would be fired, according to reports from NBC News.
Chanel Dickerson is one of 10 women who are either current or former Black, female D.C. police officers filing a class-action lawsuit against the city’s Metropolitan Police Department with claims that they were discriminated against based on their sex and race.
Now, I’m not necessarily dismissing their claims, but why would you wait decades to file a lawsuit? Did the assistant police chief think it would hold more weight if she was an upper echelon boss? If anything, it makes the officers seem like they want a money grab.
“My choice to have a baby was personal and it should’ve been mine alone and not for an employer ultimatum,” Dickerson had said during a community meeting.
In addition, another woman — Karen Arikpo, a D.C. police officer of 24 years — told Fox 5 D.C. that in 1997 her female sergeant told her class of police recruits the same ultimatum that Dickerson described. Arikpo described her dealings with the sergeant that day, “If we were pregnant we needed to get an abortion or we would be fired.”
Now this is obviously hindsight after twenty-eight years in law enforcement, but no job is worth a forced abortion. Sure, everyone is excited when they first join the force, but in the end, it’s just a job. There are a lot of jobs out there, most of them are galactically better than police work.
And yes, I realize that I took the jab to keep my job, so I guess I’m a hypocrite, but more people in America need to stand up to these tyrants.