A 27-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department wants a federal judge to suspend a command staff promotion policy that he claims is governed by race.

Atlanta attorney Mario Williams moved Monday for a temporary restraining order on behalf of Lt. Terry Joyner. The TRO, if granted, would suspend what Williams’ motion describes as a “white in, white out” and “black in, black out” policy that he claims the department adopted during the tenure of former Chief Richard Pennington and that has remained in place since 2002.

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