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Troopers claim racial discrimination in discipline

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Seven Mississippi Highway Patrol officers suspended for allegedly cheating on promotion tests have alleged in a federal lawsuit that they were told they had to be punished because most of them were white.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that the troopers are seeking to lift their suspensions, return back pay and restore their titles, positions and privileges.

Last fall, the Department of Public Safety disciplined 14 troopers for allegedly accessing or sharing questions on promotions tests. Four retired and 10 others received 30-day suspensions without pay as well as demotions.

In addition, none of the punished troopers would be eligible for promotions for three years.

Asked about the allegations, Jon Kalahar, DPS spokesman, said he could not comment because of the litigation.

Information from: The Clarion-Ledger.

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