Assistant police chief in Washington, DC sues agency – says women told to ‘have an abortion or be fired’

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Assistant Chief of Police for the Metropolitan Police Department for Washington, DC is alleging that, as a teenager, she was told to have an abortion or be terminated from the department’s cadet program. 

She claims this occurred when she was eighteen years old, and she is not the only one.

Assistant Police Chief Chanel Dickerson states she was a part of the Metropolitan Police Department Cadet Corps, a program designed for young adults hands-on experience in law enforcement when she became pregnant. 

Dickerson claims she was approached and told that if she wanted to continue in the program, she would have to terminate the pregnancy. 

Dickerson said:

“My choice to have a baby was personal and it should’ve been mine alone and not for an employer ultimatum.  I was told I had to have an abortion or be fired from the MPD cadet program”

Dickerson made her alarming claim while attending a community meeting. 

Dickerson continued speaking and referred to another female officer who had been promoted to sergeant around the same time that she was. 

Dickerson did not identify the woman but alleged that she was forced to do things that no “woman should have to” so that she could be assigned a shift that was conducive to her being a single mother.  

Dickerson is not the only woman to make a similar claim – there are several.  Nine other separate women have filed a lawsuit seeking more than 100 million dollars in damages from the police department. 

Their claim, beyond forcing abortions, is that there was an accepted culture in the program of culture and discrimination based on race and gender. 

One of the other women involved in the lawsuit, and a part of Dickerson’s cadet class, Karen Arikpo, claims she too was told to get an abortion or be booted out of the program.  Arikpo alleges that she tried to at first hide her pregnancy until she completed the academy.  Arikpo told Fox5DC:

“It’s so unfair…and now I’ve never been able to have a kid.  All these years, I’ve tried and I’ve never been able to have a baby.”

Arikpo claims that a female sergeant stood up in front of the class and announced to all women that if they were pregnant that they had to get an abortion or be terminated.  Arikpo said:

“If we were pregnant we needed to get an abortion or we would be fired.  So later that day, I went and told my class sergeant that I was pregnant.  And she said I needed to have an abortion and she referred me to a doctor in D.C. to get it done.”

Arikpo claims that she had never told anyone else of her situation, not even her husband.  She said that she only got the courage to do so because of Dickerson speaking out against the situation at that community meeting.

All of the women involved in the lawsuit claim that they brought their grievances to those in charge at the time as well as the equal opportunity department.  They all claim, regardless of how many times they complained, nothing was addressed.

The women went further to state that they did receive retaliation for making the complaints and some even allege they were forced out of the program.  What exactly the women were subjected to beyond termination was not made public.

The Metropolitan Police Department has refused to acknowledge the claims or make any statement at this time.  This is normal procedure for any government entity as they will not make any comments while there is any type of pending litigation. 

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