From left: Rep. Ander Crenshaw greets Capitol Police Assistant Chief Thomas Reynolds, Chief Phillip Morse and Chief Administrative Officer Richard Braddock on Wednesday before a hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch.
In the interim, 17 have died. In November, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted a motion to voluntarily dismiss 19 plaintiffs who, for various reasons, wanted to withdraw from the case.
Now, a new case, also filed with the D.C. District Court, focuses on fresh allegations that plaintiffs say point to a continued pattern of discriminatory actions by senior members of the Capitol Police.
"They feel the same practices exist and that very little has been done," said Regina Bolden-Whitaker, president of the United States Capitol Black Police Association. "We have been denied promotions to the upper ranks, we have been denied career-enhancement opportunities and [have] been subject to discrimination in a hostile work environment."
About half of the plaintiffs in the new lawsuit were a part of the original case. All are current employees of the Capitol Police.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.