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Durham assistant police chief sues city

DURHAM, NC (AP) — Durham Assistant Police Chief Winslow Forbes is suing the city and Police Chief Jose Lopez, alleging civil rights violations.

Forbes’ lawsuit says he was passed over for promotion because of complaints he had made about discrimination in the department.

The lawsuit also accuses Lopez and city officials disregarded Forbes’ right to be free from illegal race discrimination in the workplace.

Lopez said he could not talk about the lawsuit. City Attorney Patrick Baker also said he could not talk about the lawsuit.

The suit comes after a discrimination complaint Forbes filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last August. That complaint charged discrimination on the basis of race.

After the federal investigation, the Justice Department indicated earlier this year it would not pursue the case itself.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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