Friday, January 4, 2019

Important Member Information

Dear Members,

As many of you are aware, the Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association (HNLEA) and the United Black Police Officers Association (UBPOA) filed a complaint with the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Employment Litigation (DOJ) and filed a lawsuit.  We have retained the legal services of the ACLU of Maryland, the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights & Urban affairs and Arnold & Porter.  Our legal team is working with the DOJ and has investigated a number of issues facing our members for the lawsuit as well as for DOJ.

Some of our members are reporting additional acts of retaliation since the lawsuit has been filed.  In light of these complaints and the volume of recent phone calls and emails from involved/interested parties, we have notified our council. Our attorneys would like to speak with our members who have witnessed or experienced acts of discrimination or have been retaliated against as a result of our current lawsuit.  Please contact Samantha Springer at the Washington Lawyers Committee at 202- 319-1000 or via email @

We encourage you to contact our attorneys as soon as you can as we move to the next step in our efforts for change.  They are scheduling interviews next week.  Speaking with an attorney does not mean that you have to be a part of a lawsuit or that the lawyers can represent you directly. The lawyers will be able to answer any questions about what role you might play in the lawsuit.

In addition, if you have additional questions or concerns please feel free to contact me directly via 240-244-9189 or @

All information received will be forwarded to the DOJ through our council.  Personal information will not be released other than to the Department of Justice and/or the legal team.

Be safe!

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