Amber Beyer of the Buffalo Police Behavioral Health department has been accused of racism and of creating a hostile work environment.
This week, in a 17-page lawsuit filed by three Black employees with the department, Beyer was accused of launching into a 20-minute racist rant back in May.
According to the plaintiffs, Beyer made a number of racist remarks after she watched a viral video of a white officer pulling over a Black officer, WKBW noted. The suit states that Beyer claimed “Black men cheat on their wives more than white men,” and that “all the black police officers she knows are unfaithful.” She also allegedly said that “If she saw a black man in her neighborhood, she would be suspicious.”
Beyer allegedly made comments about white officers feeling unsafe in Black neighborhoods
The plaintiffs also claimed that Beyer made unsavory comments about white officers patrolling in Black neighborhoods. During her explosive rant, she alleged that “White officers get PTSD from working in Black neighborhoods—like the East Side of Buffalo—but Black officers do not because they are used to violence and Black people commit more violent crime than white people.”
In a statement, Nate McMurray, an attorney representing the Behavioral Health team, called the comments “shocking.”
“She said some of the worst stereotypes you can say. For a police officer in a very senior and prominent roll-Captain to be saying those things, is shocking,” he added.
Beyer, the department, and the City of Buffalo are being sued for retaliation, a hostile work environment, and racial discrimination. The plaintiffs are seeking $15 million in damages. Beyer has since been removed from her position on the Behavioral Health team as the investigation continues.
“When an allegation was brought to me, I ordered an immediate internal affairs investigation and that began right away,” Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said, according to The Buffalo News. “We will take it, as we have been, very seriously.”
According to the suit, after the three employees filed a formal complaint about her racist behavior, Beyer called all three staff members “liars.” All of the plaintiffs named in the legal dispute have since left the department.
In addition to the aforementioned allegations, the suit also alleges in late September, Captain Beyer yelled the n-word after she began making fun of a Facebook post about a mentally ill Buffalo woman.
“There will be disciplinary consequences for any employee who is using discriminatory language of any type whatsoever,” Brown said.
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