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The Raw Story By Arturo Garcia Posted Sat. eve., Jan.24, 2015
San Diego, California police officer is suing his supervisors for allegedly punishing him after he objected to the use of a racist cartoon (pic above) in training sessions for supervisors, KGTV-TV reported.
Sgt. Arthur Scott said in his lawsuit against the city that he was transferred out of his division against his will after he complained to assistant police chief Todd Jarvis about the cartoon — a crude depiction of the department’s first Black officer — being shown to sergeants and lieutenants during a mandatory week-long event he attended last August.
The suit also said that Scott was threatened with disciplinary action and passed over for a promotion.
The cartoon, published in the now-defunct San Diego Sun in the early 1900s, shows an ape-like caricature of Officer Frank McCarter on patrol. The cartoon also depicts him walking into a neighborhood described as Asian through the use of similarly racist depictions, like dialogue from one character saying, “He no likee John China Man” and the use of a slur.
U-T San Diego reported that, according to Scott’s lawsuit, the cartoon was shown during a discussion about McCarter’s career, but without any mention of context regarding racism during that era.
KNSD-TV reported that both African-American and Asian-American groups criticized the department after the cartoon was revealed to the public.
Scott’s organization for Black officers has also lent its support to him, said fellow member Sgt. Bryan Pendleton, who also attended the class in which the cartoon was shown.
“This lawsuit is not simply about a cartoon,” he said. “There are other issues that will come out throughout this process. When you take all of those together and compound them, then you’ll see clearly that there is an issue.”