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.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.