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.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.