Deputies sue for being forced in lineup

June 30, 2004
Seven black deputies and a former deputy claim in a federal lawsuit they were wrongly forced to pose for a lineup after a woman claimed she was sexually assaulted by a black man in a sheriff's uniform.
     The seven men said the incident in June 1999 was meant to humiliate them in front of jail inmates and other officers because they are black. A letter with the lawsuit said the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission concluded in 2001 that the incident violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
     Harris County sheriff's department officials ordered the lineup almost a month after the woman claimed she was assaulted while visiting an inmate at the jail, the lawsuit says.