Three MPD officers suing the city

by: Chloe Morroni Updated:

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Three MPD officers are suing the city of Memphis, claiming to have been denied the opportunity for promotions because of their service to our country.

The lawyer who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the officers said a fourth officer may join and there could be as many as twenty plaintiffs before all is said and done.


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The first officer named in the lawsuit that was filed in federal court on Thursday, is George Herbert.

He's been with MPD for more than two decades. The suit said in spring of 2016, Herbert qualified for a promotion to sergeant by taking an exam.

The city offered four training modules and practice test to prepare. In January of 2016, Herbert was deployed to Kuwait with the Air Force National Guard.

The suit claims before he left he completed half the training but couldn't finish it or take the test because of his mission.

The suit also claims when he got back he asked about completing the training and taking the test but says he was never given the opportunity to advance.

The other two MPD officers are enlisted in the Navy Reserves.

They make similar claims. Michael Warren and Willie Sanders say they were ready to take the sergeants exam but their military commitments got in the way and they claim the city may no effort to accommodate them when they returned.

FOX13 reached out to the city for comment. A spokesperson told us they have not been served with the lawsuit and have nothing to say.