NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man who was once the only black member of the NYPD’s elite scuba diving unit says he endured years of racial harassment.
As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, Oscar Smith, who has filed a complaint against the NYPD with the with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, said the discrimination began even before he was hired. His 2003 application to join the unit was denied, and he claims he later learned why.
“The joke with them was, ‘What black guy can swim? How did this guy pass the test,” Smith told Diamond.