|Published:||Dec 02, 2010 12:18 AM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 01, 2010 9:08 PM EST|
CAPE CORAL, Fla - The Lee County NAACP alleges discrimination at the Cape Coral Police Department.
The allegations of racial discrimination, intimidation, and mistreatment are detailed in a complaint the NAACP send to the U.S. Department of Justice.
According to the documents, the Cape Coral Police Department was not making complaint forms accessible to minorities, specifically blacks and Latinos.
Other allegations include, police officers making people wait up to two hours, officers writing the complaint for the person--- ultimately changing the wording of what of people were saying.
"Their concern to us was, it was not exactly written as they wanted," said James Muwakkil, President of the Lee County, NAACP.
But interim Police Chief Jay Murphy says these accusations aren't true.
The U.S. Department of Justice is launching a federal investigation even though this complaint was filed with the agency back in June 2009, more than 18 months ago.
Chief Murphy thought these issues were also resolved last year, so when received the letter from the Justice Department he taken aback.
"I was puzzled when I received the letter," Chief Murphy said.
According to Murphy, complaint forms for the Cape Police are accessible to everyone.
He says the forms can be accessed in the police department's lobby, on the phone, or online.
Bottomline, he says there's no discrimination and the officers do all they can to help the people of Cape Coral.
On Thursday, both sides will meet at the Cape Coral Police Department to discuss these concerns.
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