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A police sergeant in Hastings, Michigan is suing his department after receiving racial slurs once a genetic test that he took on Ancestry.com which showed that he’s 18 percent black.

Sergeant Cleon Brown claims that he was called “Kunta,” and that his fellow officers whispered “Black Lives Matter” to him while pumping their fists when he walked past. Brown says that the city’s ex-mayor made racial jokes, including one where he used the word “negroid, at least two or three times.”

Brown named the city, as well as the police chief, the city manager, the deputy chief and a fellow sergeant in a federal lawsuit, where he alleges state and federal civil rights violations, as well as violations of the state’s Whistleblower Protection Act. Brown’s lawsuit further made a claim that the department inflicted intentional and emotional distress.

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