White police officers who say the San Francisco Police Department uses a biased promotional system that favors black and female candidates named the city, county, police department, the police commission, Police Chief William Scott, Mayor London Breed and several others in a lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday.

A dozen SFPD employees claim they were overlooked for promotions to sergeant, lieutenant and captain because they are white and male, save for one retired officer who says that her status as a white lesbian is why she was passed over for a lieutenant’s post.

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