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January 18, 2017

Secret Service Racial Bias Case Finally Resolved

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news from the Department of Homeland Security on the settlement of the decades-old racial bias case brought by agents against the U.S. Secret Service:

"I am pleased that after years of delay, this racial discrimination case has been resolved.  The evidence was clear: for years many black Secret Service agents were denied promotions for no explicable reason. Having this case unresolved for two decades raised a cloud of doubt about the Secret Service's commitment to fairness in promoting its best officers and agents. As Director Clancy continues to move the agency in a new direction, I hope that going forward the Secret Service has a transparent and fair promotion process. Agents who put their lives on the line to keep us safe just want a fair shake. I thank Mr. Moore and all the plaintiffs for bringing this issue to light and for persevering in their search for justice."

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